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mulch job quote for a family member?

JJG84

LawnSite Member
Location
OH-IO
What do you think about this estimate for a family member?

A family member of mine knows I landscape, and I have done a few small favors for him in the past (leaf cleanup, bed creation, lawn mowing) when I was younger and I helped him just for a couple extra bucks.

This season I dont know if I can afford to just do the work for a minimal amount like I have done in the past which was like a measly 10 bucks an hour.

Upon taking measurements of his flower beds which he wants them to be weeded, edged, and mulched, I have come to the conclusion that it will be approximately 14 yards of mulch at a depth of 4 inches.

Mulch is $24.95 x 14 = $349 + Tax
Delivery = $39.00
Labor rate = $30.00 hr. (for two men, not 30 per man hour. giving him a deal)
Time Required = 4 Hrs. = $120.00

overall quote = so were looking at a ballpark price of around $500-$550 for a pretty decently sized mulch job, professionally done.

I told him the price today, and he said he had to check with his wife. I dont want him to be offended either. I know I am not making as much as I should on this job, but it's family. What do you guys think? :confused:
 

Patatoe1

LawnSite Member
Location
Chicago, IL
$120 for four hours work? Split between two people? I'd your family member is getting a very good deal. You are not getting a good deal though. I would charge more for that.

Seeing how most on here charge anywhere from $50-$80 per yard installed. You would be looking at $700-$1120. Plus more for the weeding, and depending on how difficult the edging is maybe more for that too.
 

Coffeecraver

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
VA.
Thats a great deal for a family member

My charge would be at 910.00 without the weeding and edging

the only way I would do it less is if the family member was on the other wheel barrow,not my paid help.

Good luck with this one
 
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JJG84

LawnSite Member
Location
OH-IO
well I gave him the price, and its a no-go . He said he is going to hold off and call around. I say LET HIM!

Also, business with family members is something I have learned usually never works out well. well in my family at least.
 

Brett's Cutting Edge

LawnSite Member
Location
novi
For family i give them a deal at $40.00 a yard instaled for the hardwood that i pay 20.00 a yard for. I can usually lat it at about 5 yards an hour with one man dumping and one raking. I pay my help 10.00 an hour.
 
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JJG84

LawnSite Member
Location
OH-IO
Brett - that is a pretty good concept, charging by the yard installed rather then by the hour, i should use it in the future.
 
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