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Originally Posted by ratchetmaster2 View Post
I think most people would say "Whoa! $1100, for a patch of dirt? No thanks." I agree, it's a fair price, at your profit margin, but you have to broaden your perspective.

If you bid $1100, it's likely you won't get the job because the customer wasn't expecting such a high number. Then you don't have any money in your pocket.

I just watched lawn care business operation episode by Steve. It was about overhead, and calculating it. Every single day costs you money. Insurance, depreciation in equipment, closer to the end of the season, etc.

Work is slow for me right now. I would rather get the job for $700, spend $150 on materials, and profit $550 than not do the job for $1100 and have nothing in my pocket. $550 for 2-3 days work by myself? That's food, gas, and cell phone bill for the month. If you had a laborer or two, it would be less than a day's work.
Here is how you get your price
Layout and design 3 hours
remove sod, edge, add soil amendments 8 hours
Install weed cloth and mulch 5 hours
Install plants 4 hours

total Time 20 hours

layout material 50
top soil, and amendments 100
Weed cloth 50
Mulch 150
Plants say 250
total material 600

Total Estimate 1200

When they see what it takes in time and material, and how har the work is they will gladly pay you 1000 to 1100
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