Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

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.

% Mark up


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.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-01-2008, 09:58 PM
GeeGood
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Do you guys know the norm for mark up % if you buy the materials for the customer?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 02-01-2008, 11:32 PM
All Aspects Landscaping All Aspects Landscaping is offline
James
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 508
Rep Power: 8
All Aspects Landscaping is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
for me, It depends on the product...
we get a premium for topsoil, driveway stone, river rocks, basically anything thats a pain in the butt to move in 100 degree weather.. for example... in a landscape package, we charge $1,070.00 for 5 boulders that cost me $375.00 to purchase... we also charged 4 hours for 3 men to install at $36.00 per man hour.... I know that sounds high, but the job looks great...

We charge $112 per ton of river jack and $100 per ton of top soil, including only labor... we pay $23.00 and $13.00 per ton respectively.

Our minimum charge for mulch is $84.00 per yard... that is over 5 yards... We purchase our Triple Shredded Dyed Black Mulch for $17.00 per yard.

We are a small company that does jobs up to about the $25,000.00 mark. Our average landscape package runs about $10,000.00... We use alot of different elements in our designs. We've been selling the "natural" landscapes a bit more... using boulders, alot of perennials, alot of stuff that can grow "naturally"

Believe it or not, our best selling product is a 1 gallon perennial... i have a local grower charging me $3.50 each... and we mark them up to $23.00 each... We usually incorporate a minimum of 10-15 in each landscape design.... I always use this as my labor variance excess... what I mean is if the job runs over budgeted man hours, I know I have a little cushion with the profit we make off of these... plus they do put the finishing touches on the landscape package.

If you have any further questions, PM me.
__________________

Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-02-2008, 02:41 AM
GeeGood
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Wow James that is very impressive. It sounds like you do some outstanding work. I would love to see some pics of your jobs.... Any advice you can give on a job I have coming up. Customer wants two raised garden beds. the first will be two feet by six feet and the second is two feet by eight feet. I am usings four by four cedar post for the beds. We will have to dig out the grass, ensure that the base post is level, hammer rebar in the ground to make sure the post dont move. The beds will be ten inches off the ground with a two by eight cedar board for the top rail for molding and so that she can sit on when she gardens. Adding dirt and potting soil to both beds. My cost for the post(nine of them) were fifteen dollars each plus rebar with a ten percent discount for a total of 140 dollars. I will be giving her an estimate of 580 for the complete job. Figuring eight hours of work minus the cost of material puts me at 55 per hour. Is this too low?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-02-2008, 02:48 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,384
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

James,

Would you say you base your markup on any specific formula? How do you ultimately come up with a markup price?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-04-2008, 12:07 AM
All Aspects Landscaping All Aspects Landscaping is offline
James
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 508
Rep Power: 8
All Aspects Landscaping is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Customer wants two raised garden beds. the first will be two feet by six feet and the second is two feet by eight feet. I am usings four by four cedar post for the beds. We will have to dig out the grass, ensure that the base post is level, hammer rebar in the ground to make sure the post dont move. The beds will be ten inches off the ground with a two by eight cedar board for the top rail for molding and so that she can sit on when she gardens. Adding dirt and potting soil to both beds. My cost for the post(nine of them) were fifteen dollars each plus rebar with a ten percent discount for a total of 140 dollars. I will be giving her an estimate of 580 for the complete job. Figuring eight hours of work minus the cost of material puts me at 55 per hour. Is this too low?
is there any beds there now? You said your cost for the nine posts and rebar is $140.00... You need the top rail for molding and also the nails and/or screws at attach them with. You also mentioned adding soil to the beds... were u doing that or is she? $55.00 per man per hour for 8 Hours... does this also include the gas it takes to pick up the supplies? Are you working by yourself or will you have a helper? Also keep in mind, as we do, you may want to add in a miscellaneous expense or fudge number... we figure around 10% depending on the job... this pays for flat tires, oil changes, and yep... sometimes it just bonus... most likely, you'll need a few more peices of equiptment... All my jobs get bid based on three men. with that being said, I know for a 8 hr day I need to recover at least $864.00 in profit.. plus materials. I urge you to learn your numbers and It will help you bid your jobs correctly.

Take all of your expenses from the year, (insurance, gas, weed eater string, payroll taxes, truck payments... anything you need to run your business) add them all up, divide the number of weeks you normally work in a year, youll come up with a dollar figure... then divide that by the amount of days you work in a week (be honest)... this is the number you will need to recoup everyday for your business to survive... then divide the number of hours you work per day.... this will give you a minimum hourly rate... anything less, you are LOSING MONEY!!!

If you have any more questions or need help with this bid, you can email me at allaspects@mac.com

good luck
j
__________________

Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
This sucks...
Matther777
Yesterday 04:56 PM
Today 04:03 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 39
Looking for feed back on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-17-2014 08:38 AM
Yesterday 11:48 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
7 191
Lowballers scrubs &...
Darksteel
01-13-2014 07:35 AM
Yesterday 06:32 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
58 6,653
snowplowing
jshak40
09-01-2014 07:20 AM
Yesterday 06:24 PM
by Northwoods Outdoors
22 1,250
Hello from upstate NY!
A&MLawn&Snow
Yesterday 11:19 AM
Yesterday 04:10 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 80
Price to apply fertilizer
SS.Lawncare
09-15-2014 11:10 AM
Yesterday 01:16 PM
by Steve
9 328
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
09-01-2014 10:17 AM
09-17-2014 09:57 PM
by curts lawn care
4 849
new to the forum
SGlawncare
09-16-2014 11:20 PM
09-17-2014 08:29 PM
by curts lawn care
3 164
Help With Snow Blowing...
Robertf31
09-13-2014 10:55 PM
09-17-2014 12:34 PM
by Steve
11 512
Non-Stop Summer?
SouthallMowing
09-14-2014 10:51 PM
09-17-2014 10:48 AM
by stevef1201
6 314
Tribulations of working...
stevef1201
09-13-2014 08:37 AM
09-16-2014 10:43 PM
by SGL1
6 368
Poll - net income
Dan5082
11-15-2010 08:08 PM
09-16-2014 04:44 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 3,143
Getting lowballed!
PineHillLawn
06-27-2012 07:23 AM
09-16-2014 01:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
24 4,801
Compare this summer to...
Steve
09-03-2014 12:52 PM
09-16-2014 11:20 AM
by Hanks Lawn Care Services
15 1,029
thinking about throwing...
veteranslawncaresystems
09-09-2014 10:31 PM
09-15-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
12 722
Hello
Robertf31
09-12-2014 10:34 PM
09-15-2014 03:17 PM
by Steve
2 330
Newbie......Again
Jibber
09-13-2014 12:17 PM
09-15-2014 02:54 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
2 349
Replacing a Shindi T-27
Dan Tanner
09-13-2014 12:59 PM
09-15-2014 02:31 PM
by Steve
1 313
need help with starter...
GoGreenerKS
09-12-2014 04:23 PM
09-15-2014 02:25 PM
by Steve
3 346
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
09-15-2014 02:16 PM
by Steve
12 1,045
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
09-15-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 815
Employee uniforms
Gerardo_Landscape
01-21-2014 11:11 PM
09-15-2014 02:12 PM
by Steve
5 947
Greetings from the north
Northwoods Outdoors
09-13-2014 08:55 AM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Steve
1 316
darleneh
darleneh
09-15-2014 12:33 PM
09-15-2014 02:07 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 191
My 1st bid
WesleySnips
06-11-2014 03:13 PM
09-15-2014 02:05 PM
by Steve
29 1,732
New Aerator
Chaz
09-09-2014 11:43 PM
09-15-2014 01:50 PM
by Steve
9 557
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
09-15-2014 01:23 PM
by stevef1201
8 1,207
Scag turf tiger hydrolic...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-04-2014 10:55 PM
09-14-2014 03:06 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 725
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
09-13-2014 09:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
116 7,975
getting ready to start
calebmoss
05-23-2011 09:35 PM
09-11-2014 12:21 PM
by Steve
34 11,221
Stihl pull cord replace
SGL1
09-03-2014 09:22 PM
09-10-2014 12:25 PM
by Steve
9 743
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
09-10-2014 12:16 PM
by Steve
18 1,474
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
09-09-2014 08:05 PM
by Landscaper1165
4 959
New truck and trailer...
Johnny Rocket
05-14-2012 03:41 PM
09-09-2014 07:23 PM
by Matther777
18 6,556
What gets you bad press?
Steve
09-09-2014 11:48 AM
09-09-2014 07:21 PM
by Matther777
2 445
Signs on your snow plow?
Steve
01-15-2007 01:07 AM
09-09-2014 11:42 AM
by Steve
19 6,193
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
09-08-2014 08:08 PM
by avetslawncare
12 1,248
New to the business
flamingyouth87
09-05-2014 11:52 AM
09-08-2014 11:55 AM
by Steve
3 651
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
09-08-2014 11:51 AM
by Steve
7 932
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 08:36 AM
09-07-2014 07:35 AM
by avetslawncare
24 7,723
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
09-06-2014 02:09 PM
by Bradcook21
8 1,021
billing matters
sbuchanan8154
09-05-2014 09:56 AM
09-05-2014 03:00 PM
by Steve
3 625
Thoughts
googus
09-05-2014 07:28 AM
09-05-2014 02:23 PM
by Steve
2 579
Backflow Tester
flowcheckllc.2014
09-03-2014 04:37 PM
09-05-2014 02:15 PM
by Steve
3 666
Collections & collection...
jscarolina
09-03-2014 04:39 PM
09-04-2014 03:14 PM
by Steve
2 680
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
09-04-2014 02:42 PM
by RosalesLawnCare
4 941
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
09-03-2014 12:07 PM
by Steve
7 1,007
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
09-03-2014 11:15 AM
by Steve
4 913
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
09-02-2014 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 910
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
09-02-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 827
» Popular Tags
4x4 apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate butterfly gardens care charge christmas commercial credit card deliquentaccounts exmark fall ferris financing four wheel drive franchise gopherhaul grass gravely health hills holiday honda how much to charge hydraulic landscape services late lawn lawn care busines plan lawn care business lawn care business book lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website leaf cleanup lesco managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mowing mulch mulch price native plants new buisness new business new mower outdoor environments patio install podcast push versus ride reo scag scag v-ride search engine optimization seo snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business steve stihl toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:25 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:25 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy