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mulch job quote for a family member?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by JJG84, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. JJG84

    JJG84 LawnSite Member
    from OH-IO
    Messages: 97

    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:
  2. Patatoe1

    Patatoe1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 111

    $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.
  3. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    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
  4. JJG84

    JJG84 LawnSite Member
    from OH-IO
    Messages: 97

    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.
  5. Brett's Cutting Edge

    Brett's Cutting Edge LawnSite Member
    from novi
    Messages: 150

    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.
  6. JJG84

    JJG84 LawnSite Member
    from OH-IO
    Messages: 97

    Brett - that is a pretty good concept, charging by the yard installed rather then by the hour, i should use it in the future.
  7. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    That's right and when he calls back your price just went up.
  8. Lksd Lawn

    Lksd Lawn LawnSite Member
    from Erie Pa
    Messages: 26

    No doubt. You were worried about insulting him and he turns and insults you. Price doubled here.

    "Ain't" family fun?
  9. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    $85 / yard
  10. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    What does your relative do for a living? Maybe you can trade services? I'm sure he'll give you a good deal too.

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