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Old 01-18-2013, 05:04 PM
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I charge $120 per yard of mulch. Then add on the man hours I figure it to take to complete the job. Ex. 5 hours @ 3 men = $150 labor. For 3 yds of mulch total would be $510
This is a subject I have researched for quite some time, and some are lower some are higher. $105.oo an hour is about average, you will ALWAYS lose out work to lowballers, but my these customers are probably not worth having in the first place. Like said in this discussion they pay peanuts and get crap work what do you expect.

I have to admit I use to be one of these lowballers starting out in the late 90's when things were booming. I only did this because I had no idea what to charge and was always scared of getting work. I would never lowball again, I found out that these clients I would get would be the pickiest I have seen to today's date, call you back a million times to try to get there "money's worth" and sometimes on top of that not even pay. Around this same time, one of my clients house appeared in a magazine for the work we did, as at the time we did such a wonderful job and above and beyond out of fear of losing a client. When they appeared in the mag they didn't even mention our name, took credit for all the work and to make matters worse still didn't pay the balance of the bill at time of the publication.

The moral of the story is stick to your guns and charge a reasonable rate and you will get reasonable clients. I have charged Industry standard prices for the last ten years and I have had very few problems. You will always run into problem customers but when you charge accordingly it should be worth your while. Plus these low ball competitors you mention never stay in business long, and when a customer mentions that "they use to get it for this price form acme low ball LLC" I mention well there not in business anymore because they did not know the correct amount to charge there customers so they went under plus we heard from numerous customers that there quality was very poor. Usually this shuts them up and they sign up with us on the spot, it just boils down to everyone is going to haggle you or are looking for you to justify to them your rate.
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