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Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.
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clearing weeds, removing old bark, and laying fabric along with dump runs is what takes so much time. laying mulch on top of the old can be done easy and fast I know. I wasn't even thinking about the dump runs when I gave the bid, I need a new estimate work sheet then the one I currently use so I don't forget things like that


I use a Microsoft spreadsheet program. and put everything I have ever done on the sheet, How long it took me, and how much it cost (ie runs to the dump, dump fee, time required etc)

I use that to help me estimate new jobs.
Believe me I got screwed a few times starting out, but the more I do, the more information I get, and the better my estimates are.
Now I go out, give a good written estimate, get a signature on a contract and go to work.(sometime, other times I get Oh you way to high. I don't care I know how much it cost me and how much I am going to make. I don't care if they gt Bevis and Butthead to screw up their yard!)
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Figured I would update the thread on the outcome of the situation. well the customer called today after receiving the invoice for 1100 dollars, 200 of which was for supplies. They told me it was nearly double the estimate, which was originally 500 plus supplies. So I took it in the *** and charged them the amount of the estimate plus supplies so they cut a check for 700 instead of 1100 . Knowledge is the most valuable thing out there, and I learned a lot from this job. So not going to let it ruin my mojo. Just wanted to keep them happy
Now that you have gone through this experience, what is your view on where it went wrong and what would you do differently next time?
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