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Need help with an estimate there are pictures attached so please look..

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by The Cutting Edge, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. The Cutting Edge

    The Cutting Edge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    I need help on giving an estimate on this property. I have never really done HIGH END properties like this before. The owners wants me to mow, trim, blow, and minor debris pick-up every week so I got a signed contract for that per month. Now the owners wants me to remove existing mulch, then re-mulch, major weed control and bed edging need to be done. All hedges need to be pruned or trimmed. I have posted pictures of the property to give you guys some kind of reference, note that there is a severe grade in the back yard that will be very difficult to muscle up about 8 cubic yards of mulch being removed from the beds in the rear of the house that will have to be done buy wheel barrel as well as going down the grade to put 8 yards back in it. I figured that in all there is about 19 cubic yards total with all the mulching. So there will be about 19 cubic yards of mulch removal as well maybe a little more with all the weeds and debris. There is already about 160,000 dollars done in landscaping already and the owner doesn't't care how much the cost is and said not to cut no corners. There is also about 60 shrubs ranging from 2-5 ft in diameter that need to be hedge trimmed or pruned. I would appreciate your guys time in checking out the pictures and giving me any help on what you total estimate would be. At the bottom is all the links to the pictures taken of the property, theres about twenty. Thanks in advance The Cutting Edge Landscaping and Lawn care.

  2. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    start with a soil test for $85 to see why the lawn is patchy.

    Why are you removing the mulch? you should top dress what is existing you will use less mulch and save them money.

    I have never removed mulch from a bed.

    What do you charge a man hour? How many employees do you have? would you have help when doing this project?

    Did you take every picture with your thumb on the lense?
  3. The Cutting Edge

    The Cutting Edge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    I am removing the mulch for one because the owner wants it removed and for two the mulch is probally a good 8 inches deep and is over flowing onto the walkways and driveway. I charge 45 per man hour, I will definately have a worker with me for the removal and install. As far as the blur in the to left corner I had to jam a piece of paper in the shutter to keep it open, I dropped the camera the day before. This will be a large job I know but this is exactly what my company needs at this time with it being so wet and cold here in Ohio. The owner also wants this hauled in by me with my 8 foot bed and my 6 by 12 trailer so there will also be numerous trips to the mulch yard.. I figured on about 100.00 a yard for install, weed control, and edging which would be about 1900.00 for around 20 cubic yards and about 70.00 a cubic yard for removal of the old mulch so thats about 1700.00 for removal and dumping. Let me know what you guys think...
  4. garrettlawn

    garrettlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 94

    I would charge more for removal than install. Seems to me it would be harder. And does that 19 yards of mulch compensate for the 8inches of mulch you are going to be taking out? Sounds to me like you will be taking out a lot more than 19 yards if 19 yards is for a 2-3 inch remulch. Seems like you will be taking out well of 40 yards at 8 inches deep. I would probably double what I lay mulch for to remove it... Plus where you are going to dump it will probably cost $$ unless you have some land or something. Looks to me with trimming and everything a 5k+ job for removal trimming and remulch.
  5. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 305

    Thats $160k in landscaping? Maybe I'm just not putting the photos together right in my head... So at most you will be able to haul 6 yards per trip. Why is he insisting on you using your truck and trailer? Sounds like he may be a pita customer...
  6. The Cutting Edge

    The Cutting Edge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    Definately not a PITA account the wife just gave me a 100.00 tip cause the lawn looked so good, so thats out of the question. I figured in a quote of 6300.00 with all mulching, edging, weed control, and to prune the shrubs. Hopefully I get this one if I do I am going to go and purchase a new Exmark Lazer Z.
  7. outcold00

    outcold00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    whats a pita customer?
  8. Bustus

    Bustus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 181

    Pain in the A$$
  9. outcold00

    outcold00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    ooohhh ok thanks
  10. Rizzo

    Rizzo LawnSite Senior Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 305

    Nice tip and glad they are good customers. Good luck with the install!

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