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80 Yards of mulch how much would you charge???


Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

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That seems right with 2 skids. I have one and a kubota loader and I was going to rent 1 more. To give me 3 loaders for 120 yards. I have a 4 wheeler with a dump cart on it too. Not much bigger then a wheelbarrow but its faster.

I mailed it in saturday. There was ton of measuring to do. I had to get in touch with a nursery for wholesale plants and the mulch place took days to get back to me since there not open yet.

I took $9 a yard off my price. Which added up to a $1000. I found other places to cut prices like edging.
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Update on this job:
Contract was awarded to another contractor and get this...It was awarded to the highest bidder! Wow that was a shocker, from the start I had reservations on this one and thought it was a far shot but never would have thought they would go for the highest bidder. From what I got it came down to the mulch installation and he came in at $10 more/yard.

Any word yet on your end SECT?
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Contract was awarded to another contractor and get this...It was awarded to the highest bidder! Wow that was a shocker, from the start I had reservations on this one and thought it was a far shot but never would have thought they would go for the highest bidder. From what I got it came down to the mulch installation and he came in at $10 more/yard.

Any word yet on your end SECT?
It's not all about price, man. This is landscaping...90% of it is for the purpose of appearance. Maybe the other salesman was better looking, smelled better, better dressed, more of a smooth talker, made more convincing promises, had more brand loyalty, offered a stronger contract in favor of the customer
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Contract was awarded to another contractor and get this...It was awarded to the highest bidder! Wow that was a shocker, from the start I had reservations on this one and thought it was a far shot but never would have thought they would go for the highest bidder. From what I got it came down to the mulch installation and he came in at $10 more/yard.

Any word yet on your end SECT?
I had to resend mine in because they gave me the old contract for specs. When I submitted my price it wasnt attached to the work requested. So I just faxed it again yesterday.

I just went to look at a shopping mall today. I got the RFP from the PM. This calls for 250 yards of mulch and they supply it. I just spread! Talking with him he said the last guy charged 11k for just labor. Ill be around the same on that. The real difference will be in the shrubs. Its a crazy amount of hedging. Its built into the weekly price. Not the usual few times a year. They want touch ups as needed. Thats going to be tricky.
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Company's want there stuff to look nice. Its no surprise that this happened. I bid a job for a truck stop installing 40 yds of bull rock. I bid the job just under 8,000. A guy I know personally and have for many hears bid the job at 12,4** and got it. I wasn't the lowest bidder but it was gonna cost me 5,000 for materials labor and equipment and the rest was profit. But he get his materials the same place I do and pays his guys 9.00 an hour less than I pay mine on big jobs. How he got the contract, I'm sure its because he shows up in his nice pickup, logos on the sides, logo embroidered on his shirts, and all that jazz.
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Its been probably almost 4 years since I lost a job to the higher bidder. Is this a sign of the economy turning around??? Its good to hear, I am glad that its not always going to the lowest bidder because eventually that bar is set too low and we loose bids.

SECT: 250 Yds WHOA good luck and keep us posted!
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Its been probably almost 4 years since I lost a job to the higher bidder. Is this a sign of the economy turning around??? Its good to hear, I am glad that its not always going to the lowest bidder because eventually that bar is set too low and we loose bids.

SECT: 250 Yds WHOA good luck and keep us posted!
I don't think the economy is turning around, when I used to bid projects it was against 3 or 4 people (just a couple years ago) Now it seems there are 10-15 competing bids or more.

I've switch it up and instead of competing on price I try to offer the best service/value I want to be in the apples to oranges situation because I can offer more that way and set myself apart.

It doesn't always work out that way but I feel better when it does.
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