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White Pine Install

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by markam70, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. markam70

    markam70 LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 223

    Ok everyone...I know everyones pricing is different but just give me the price for your area. Also, I've been in this business for quite some time, so I'm not looking for any lessons.

    Here's the situation....
    Install 10 White Pine, semi-sheared, 10-12' tall, mulch, in good soil.
    Give me your total price.

    I'll explain the rest after I get some replies.

    Thanks
     
  2. CutRight

    CutRight LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 257

    take whatever you paid for it and multiply it by 3.
     
  3. markam70

    markam70 LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 223

    actually, i'm looking for figures, not advice. what would this cost be for your area?
     
  4. TFmike

    TFmike LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    we did just that in 0ct. 2006 $6870 + sales tax, 12 month limited warranty. I will try to get back and explain the price factors after a few more post.
     
  5. TJLANDS

    TJLANDS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,669

    Where in the USA are you located?

    2.5 -3 times retail depending on the situation, distance, ease etc.

    My price for 10-12 WP $135, retail 200 so between 5k and 6k.
    warrantied for one year
     
  6. markam70

    markam70 LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 223

    i'm in va. a local competitor who just started in business gave a quote for this job. we were contacted by the customer to give a quote which landed us the job.

    my cost on the trees was $80.00 each wholesale plus delivery.
    our markup is 135%...$188 each plus labor, mulch and 1 yr guarantee. total came to just over $5000.

    after we finished, the customer comes out with her other quote. i almost fainted. this guy wanted $9600.00 to do this job. he's all pi$$ed off because people are realizing he's ripping them pretty good and blames me for "lowballing" his prices. we've been in business for 15 yrs and this guy worked for another company for 2 yrs before going out on his own a yr ago.

    i just wanted to check prices to see how he and i compared to other reputable companies. seems to me he was way out of line.

    any opinions?
     
  7. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 518

    You did that job too cheap, you left alot of money on the table!!!!!!!!!!
    I agree that the other guys was to high but you were way to low. You should always at least double the cost of the tree, in case you have a few that up and die on you.
     
  8. markam70

    markam70 LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 223

    like i said earlier, i'm not looking for advice. i've been doing this long enough and am confident in my pricing. each market is different, so in your area, my price is a little low.
     
  9. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,366

    I personally think you have a bad attitude, and are indeed low balling. Ask anyone in the business and the general rule of thumb would be at least 2.5-3x's a markup on plant material. This is an open forum and people can post openly, if you can't handle what people reply, then simply don't post.

    I honestly don't care how long you've been in business, you can always learn something new, and it's nice to see other views on the same topic. If you can sit here and tell me you know absolutely EVERYTHING about every aspect of the industry I will call you a liar to your face. It's just thats simple. :clapping:
     
  10. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    10 -10-12' trees for 5k? I'd never come close getting that. There's guys around here that'll do it for $250 each. It'll probably even be cheaper this year with so many people out of work.
     

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