What would you charge ?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by 1wezil, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
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    I gave a possible new customer a price on a mulch job that will take 230yds of mulch . i told him 45.00 a yard including mulch and labor all i needed to do is clean up the bed edges and install the mulch .so far no answer his wife thought i was to high she said we never spent that much before. what do you guys think ? if i can land the mulch job i can also maybe take the mowing job away from the current person. he is paying 100.00 per mowing now . this house is in a large gated community and the house is worth about 4 or 5 million or maybe more ,the more money they have the harder they are to give it up.
     
  2. TurfCo  LLC

    TurfCo LLC LawnSite Member
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    230 cubic yards is a lot of mulch... and by my count, your price is in line with mine (maybe a little cheaper) assuming you pay $25ish per yard for the mulch
     
  3. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
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    my cost is between 17.00 to 20.00 for the mulch
     
  4. big_country

    big_country LawnSite Member
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    Man thats a lot of mulch...ought to keep you busy for awhile.
     
  5. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
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    i was planning on 6 people 3 days and a skid-steer can be used on 2/3's of the property from the sides and wheel barrows for the center of it around the pool area.
     
  6. FIRESCOOBY

    FIRESCOOBY LawnSite Senior Member
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    I charge double the price of mulch. Last batch was $24/ yard. I charge $48/ yard. There is a company that will blow the mulch for $40/ yard (mulch included). On anything larger than 30 yards I use them. I'd get a slight price break (maybe $2-3/ yard) for that much.

    For the 230 yards I would DEFINITELY use them. Charge to the customer would be $11,040, cost for mulch and blowing (at $40/yard) $9200. PURE profit: $1840.

    I would go this route and make nearly $2k and never touch the stuff and be off making money at another job.
     
  7. prland1

    prland1 LawnSite Member
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    I was wondering if your charging $48 per cu/yd is including labor? Up here the cheapest Premium Hardwood Mulch is $30 per cu/yd. Great idea though on bringing in a company that can blow it all in. That saves you a ton of time.
     
  8. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
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    Now the homeowner tells me they talked to the person that did it last year and it only took 140 yds, and that covered it well so i told them if we run short then you agree to buy more at the same price . oh ya last year they only payed 30 a yd installed but that guy is not installing mulch any more . well at that price i see why .this year they want to go with the black pallet mulch ,at 40 a yd mulch and labor is a good deal .i gave them the total and now i am waiting for them to get back to me. i am sure they are checking around on pricing. they were in a hurry but i am sitting and waiting for them .
     
  9. prland1

    prland1 LawnSite Member
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    I must be real expensive or somebody is giving the mulch away. 40 per cu/yd including labor of 6 guy's over 3 days does that give you a profit at all? Fuel, Mileage, labor costs or Delivery of the mulch which is sometimes cheaper the bigger the load. I try to factor that all in then figure a fair price. It's so amazing how cheap some potential clients can be. That's how the rich get richer, but that's for another forum.
     
  10. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    YEA it is!!! Unless you're paying your help 0.12/hr, your skid steer had no moving parts and runs on solar power, and Jesus is delivering the mulch for you, you might not make much money here. :dizzy:
     

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