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so I gave an estimate for 500 dollars + supplies, when it was all said and done the labor totaled 33 hours x25.00 to come too 825.00 + 400 in supplies, I feel bad my estimate was so off, I stressed that it was just an estimate when I gave it to them cause I had no idea how long 7 yards of bark would take . Should I bill them for the 33 hours? meet them in the middle, charge them full amount? offer them 10% off? what are your thoughts? thanks
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Not sure what else was included but 7 yards shouldnt take 33 hours. Even by yourself it shouldnt of took more then 10 hours.

I cant speak for everyone but as far as I know people charge a flat fee per yard. 7 yards x's their per yard rate = _____

If you gave them a estimate and not a quote you can bill them the full amount. I only do quotes and if I'm off its up to the customer to give me more.

I did have a customer ask if their bill was lower since we finished a pressure washing, bed clean up and 15 yards of mulch in 4 hours but then the next day we did 20 yards in 4 hours and was tipped $300. So everyone is different!
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we had 3 people work 6 hours the first day , and 5 the next day. we had to take about 4 yards of old bark to the dump, then lay 7 new yards and landscaping fabric, those 33 hours weren't no slacking hours. I don't have no fancy dump trailer though to make the dump runs fast, but im not even charging them for time to the dump. just time while we were there busting our *** shoveling ****.( there was a lot of weeding and clearing out the beds before could lay the fabric out.) and also sprayed there driveway with weed and grass killer and treated it with granular form. The prepping for the fabric is what took so long

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we had 3 people work 6 hours the first day , and 5 the next day. we had to take about 4 yards of old bark to the dump, then lay 7 new yards and landscaping fabric, those 33 hours weren't no slacking hours. I don't have no fancy dump trailer though to make the dump runs fast, but im not even charging them for time to the dump. just time while we were there busting our *** shoveling ****.( there was a lot of weeding and clearing out the beds before could lay the fabric out.) and also sprayed there driveway with weed and grass killer and treated it with granular form. The prepping for the fabric is what took so long
Prepping does take time so does removal of old mulch.

The price you gave barely covered the install, let alone the removal and prep work. Looks like you underbid every aspect of the job.

This is another reason to have a higher hourly wage. So when the job takes twice as long you still make out.
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What you need to do is find out how long it takes you to lay a yard of mulch. Then find out how much you want for every yard you lay. Around here mulch is $22 to $28 per yard. Companies charge 75-95 to install. That doesn't include removing old mulch or weeds, that's EXTRA. I don't give bids by the hour. I give a flat rate depending on the time I believe it will take.b
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so I gave an estimate for 500 dollars + supplies, when it was all said and done the labor totaled 33 hours x25.00 to come too 825.00 + 400 in supplies
How many man hours were you originally estimating the job to take? What part of the job do you feel took more time than you originally planned?
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Ok, is there anyone that lives in the Midwest, that could help me out with coming up with a mulch per yard charge, plus installation, removal, etc. related? I've read some of these posts, and mulching is something I will be offering customers, and I definitely don't want to underbid, so I'd like some help on what you should be charging considering I am not familiar with this area at all, I was considering an hourly rate, but from what I've read that might not be a good idea.
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I understand:

hours x hourly rate = labor cost
yards x price per yard = materials cost
disposal fee = dumping cost
total price of job $$$

But I'm wanting to know what you should charge to install, like as an example should I charge $28.00 per yard plus $95.00 for installation, for a total price of $123.00 per yard??? This probably makes me look stupid, but I'm a newbie and I want to make sure I have this understood, so please bear with my newbie-stupidness lol
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How long is it taking you to install one yard of mulch?
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