Whatshould a newbie bid for this mulch job...?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by biggreenlawncare, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. biggreenlawncare

    biggreenlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    I literally got my insurance and business in license within the last week and I've already got an opportunity for a pretty large job (for a one man operation like mine). A guy wants me to mulch his flower beds for him. No weeding, no edging. He's having the material delivered, I'm there solely for the labor. It is 20 yards of mulch (!) and I'll be using just a shovel and wheel barrow.

    All I've done to this point is mowing, trimming, and aeration.

    As long as I don't bid ridiculously I'm pretty much guaranteed this job just because of how I know the guy.


    All I can think of at this point is that with mowing/trimming I usually charge $30/hour. I know it's low but I'm a full time college student and started this just for the love of landscaping. A month later here I am!

    All input is much appreciated!
  2. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    If your bidding low just to get the work i wouldn't go lower then $35hr.
    ..But to each is own
  3. biggreenlawncare

    biggreenlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    He said he anticipates it taking 12-16 hours. How he arrived at that I have no idea. My thinking is that a big company would charge him from $60-100 per yard which would be $1200-2000 all said and done. So if charge him $40 per yard, I should def. get the job and be able to make a nice chunk of change seeing my own costs are the $5 dollars in gas it'll cost me to get there.

    I've found the worst part of being new in this business is always feeling the urge to underbid JUST so I get the job. Sometimes I find myself barely breaking even. The more I learn/read/think about it, all low bidding does is kills the whole industry.Anyhow, thanks for the advice and keep it coming!
  4. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    20yard would take me maybe 10hrs by myself going at a good relaxed pace.
  5. biggreenlawncare

    biggreenlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    Lawn-Sharks, if you don't mind me asking, who did your website? And around how much did/do you pay for it? I really like the layout on yours. Simple yet very informative.
  6. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    How open is the area your applying it to? How far will it be dumped compared to where the beds are? How full is the bed with plants? On a normal to moderately filled bed, I can generally spread 1 yard in about 35-40 minutes by myself. This year, I hope to get done fast because I'm getting a larger capacity wheel barrow which will mean fewer trips!
  7. kjslawn

    kjslawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    500 cash for me
  8. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    $600 but I'd take a check. :usflag:
  9. Smith Lawn & Landscaping

    Smith Lawn & Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    Id say $650m depending on how far it is you have to go with the wheelbarrow.
  10. merrimacmill

    merrimacmill LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 515

    Are these prices just for labor? Cause that seems pretty cheap at 32.5 a yard for labor and material...

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