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29 yds. and counting!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by siyaltrduc, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. siyaltrduc

    siyaltrduc LawnSite Member
    from Raleigh
    Messages: 39

    So, I am putting in a bid for 29 yds of triple shredded mulch, bedscaping 370 linear feet, rounduping the beds (4000) sq. ft., reshaping about 20 small shrubs, and clearing some small saplings out of some nature areas (3 hours). I am thinking of a number around 2,200 dollars for the job. Does this sound about right or to high. I am worried about the price because do to the quantity of mulch should I give the customer a break in price. Let me know what you guys think.
  2. mrusk

    mrusk LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,260

    Will the bank give you a break when you NEED to make your truck payment next winter?
  3. Ric3077

    Ric3077 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,113

    My price is $2320 for the mulch alone...you are way too low. $370 for the bed edging, the rest is at least another $400-$500...I would not touch it for less than $3000.00
  4. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    Same here. $80 a cubic yard installed and then another $800.00 or so for the rest.

    Find a company that will deliver the mulch for free and then tell your customer you will eat the delivery charges. They will never know and it will make them feel better about the price.
  5. siyaltrduc

    siyaltrduc LawnSite Member
    from Raleigh
    Messages: 39

    Isn't there a cost of living difference between here and there? I do wnat to make money but at the same time I do want to be fair because I need the work.
  6. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    I think it costs more to live in NC then it does the Midwest. You need to figure out what it will cost you to do the job. How much will you spend out of your pocket? How much will Uncle Sam get? Do you have employees? What do you want your profit to be?

    Dont worry about what other people charge. Set your price and stick to it. You might think its high but you'll be surprised at what people will pay.
  7. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    wow you guys are doing 80 a yard? damn i need to up my prices i'm charging 65 for hardwood, wich i pay 18 a yd for and 75 for colored wich i pay 26 a yard.
  8. lqmustang

    lqmustang LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 620

    Just shows you the difference in pricing from one area to another, and why questions like this are so difficult to answer. I would be right around $2500 and make a nice profit at that price.
  9. jamo1911

    jamo1911 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Hey man it's spring time, if you are new or don't have any jobs to come out of winter do it a little cheaper and start working. Where I am the market will support at least 3K for that job.
  10. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    are you making enough money at 2200.00? if so knock yourself out... everyone here is going to have a different answer because we all have different earning needs.. I would be around 3,000.00, but that means nothing

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