How much to bid to install 100 cu yd of mulch @ 2in. deep?

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Colt Schultz, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
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    My mulch blowers cost plus my $1000 for the referral. I wouldn’t lift a finger for more than 10 yards of mulch anymore.
     
  2. snomaha

    snomaha LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
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    I’m not a big fan of pricing larger jobs like this by the yard. I prefer using our bid calculator which takes man hours, individual wages, equipment and materials and gives me a price based on desired gross profit margin. We use a benchmark of 1-2 yards of mulch can be spread by hand per hour based on site conditions and access.

    Our maintenance division just submitted a full service bid that included a 400 yard mulch top dressing with chocolate mulch. Using 1.4 yards per man hour, we came in around $70 per yard doing the reverse math in the calculation. That price is based on the customer having multiple services.
     
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  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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    Man! You know you’ve made it big when you’re using chocolate to make mulch!
    We still use wood mulch :(

    :D
     
  4. petscanning

    petscanning LawnSite Senior Member
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    400 yards holy ?$&!
     
  5. Clean cut LLC

    Clean cut LLC LawnSite Member
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    I charge $58 per yard, for that much I would $50 per yard. We did 100 yards at a church a few weeks back and sub’d it out to a company that sprayed it in and still made very well on the profit.
     
  6. CleanUps

    CleanUps LawnSite Member
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    Some of these answers are insane!
    A 400 yard mulch install would be near $25k

    Where and who on Gods green Earth can move 400 yards in a day and half?
    The average man (helper) can do 1 yard per hour.

    *Good helper can do 1.5 yards installed per hour

    Unless your using special equipment the math should look similar to this...

    Labor = $15 per hour / per man
    1 yard installed per hour / per man

    Your looking at 40 to 80 hours of work with a 4 to 6 man crew.
    I pay myself $60 an hour so your gross profit should be around $2500 - $5000

    * 400 man hours x $15= $6000
    Material = 400 yard x $30 = $12,000


    Your already at $18,000
    Now add your gross profit $3k-5k
    Total= about $22,000 ( add 5 - 10% )
    Grand Total should be near to
    $25,000
     
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2018
  7. CleanUps

    CleanUps LawnSite Member
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    In my experience if your not good with knowing your timing a rule of thumb is to reflect your #s.
    Ex.
    If materials / costs are $1000 you charge $2000
     
  8. snomaha

    snomaha LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
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    The bid for 400 yards was 28k
     
  9. snomaha

    snomaha LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
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    285 man hours
     
  10. Clean cut LLC

    Clean cut LLC LawnSite Member
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    It was for 15k sq ft which is just about 100 yards, not 400. But math is about right on the 400. I do $50 a yard on big jobs but it seems we are paying a little less for material. That would be one hell of a job lol
     

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