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.

top soil estimate


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 04-18-2008, 01:06 PM
art art is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: upstate ny
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 7
art
Angry

need help on an estimate for a top soil job. area is 40ft x 50ft. screened top soil is 20.00 a ton. any ideas on what to charge for labor??
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 04-18-2008, 04:02 PM
UniversityLandscapers
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
A lot of people say to charge double your materials cost. I just bill by the hour...so bill whatever you want to earn.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-10-2008, 12:45 AM
yardworksinc
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

this may be a bit too late for your bid but I cannot see bidding double your materials. $20 a ton? Any idea what that mesures to? I know around here a cubic yard of top soil is about 25 for a contractor. It runs about 50 bucks to deliver it 9 miles if I don't pick it up myself. I recently bid on a property that came to 1806 sq feet. I figured I would need 13 cubic yards. I want to say thats about 5.5 tons of topsoil. Came to something like 425 after delivery. I could see charging double that but I also had to remove sod and haul it away, pay for disposal etc etc. I figured lets double the materials because we all like to profit.
850
20 man hours at 65 an hour because thats some back breaking work to remove sod then spread the top soil.
The I figured 300 to remove the sod from the site and dispose of it.
Turned down a 2400 bid. May have been a bit high. I'll try $1.00/sq foot next time.

What did you end up coming up with? Was the bid accepted?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-10-2008, 10:44 AM
StealthDumpTrucks
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

As a topsoil supplier I found most customers wanted to do the job themselves, just needed materials. Larger jobs requiring a tractor rather than shovel and rake we bid between $65-$125 hour. Always bid or estimate portal to portal. Meaning your time to get there and back from your place of business.

Almost without exception if we delivered topsoil or mulch on a street and dumped in the front yard, shortly after that we'd get calls from neighbors. Drivers were instructed to leave at least two business cards with the invoice. Short loads of 1 to 3 yards we always ran out in our pick-up dumps. They were on the road constantly during planting season.

Some people don't know how to calculate cubic yards required for their job. The simple formula is:
square feet x inches of thickness needed x .0033 = cubic yards

Using Art's example of 40' X 50' = 2000 sq.ft.
Assume a 2" depth topdressing we get the following equation:
2000 X 2 X 0.0033= 13.2 cubic yards.

The formula gets really simple for 1" depth. Just multiply the square footage by 0.0033. In his case it would look like this:
2000 X 0.0033= 6.6 yards

If you're in the business of topsoil & mulch you can create a cheat sheet based on depth. You just plug in the square footage. This is handy for your secretary to use when the customer doesn't know how much they need.

1": SF X .0033
2": SF X .0066
3": SF X .0099
4": SF X .0132
....and so on....
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-30-2008, 07:37 PM
rwslippey
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I am still a little confused on bidding for top soil...

basicly the guy wants his yard top soiled and seeded....
I haven't seen the property yet or even talked to the customer but I'd like to be prepared to bid it on the spot the day I see him...

I got this job from a friend in the tree biz... customer asked for someone and he is seeing him this week and is passing my card on...

also... I'm not sure how anyone feels about useing contracts on a job like this? is it a good idea or is it a don't bother feeling.?

appriciate all the help

Rob
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 07-01-2008, 09:51 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,317
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Hi Rob,

I was hoping others would jump on here. Could you possibly ask where you get your topsoil from wholesale and ask them what kind of mark up you should implement?

Let us know what you find out.

Thanks!
__________________
- 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
  #7  
Old 07-01-2008, 10:07 PM
rwslippey
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I'm thinking what Ill most likely do is just bill it hourly.. the unfortunat thing is I honestly have never done this bofore - atleast not such a large scale... so as far as time seems... not exactly sure how long it will take...

but I think if I check out the size go check out how much it'll cost for materials and then think it through I can hopefully come up with something decent.. or atleast find a way to make money (not loose it)

my main concern in business is looseing money... I'll take any job as long as I am makeing some kind of money ( a dollar or 50 dollars...) witch ever... when the negative comes in it startes takeing out of my pocket and thats not good for any business!

I'll let you know how I do ... the guy I spoke with reguarding the job wit working on getting customer information for me....

Rob
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 07-01-2008, 10:43 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,317
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Keep us posted as to what you find.

Maybe you could even call up a few local lcos in your area and see if they could give you a bid over the phone for such a project?
__________________
- 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
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
bid, estimate, top soil

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
Lawn needs top soil What...
jymie
08-26-2014 11:01 AM
Today 05:12 PM
by jymie
6 286
Brake job!
kslawn
08-30-2014 07:49 AM
Today 03:37 PM
by Steve
8 225
Trailer tires
J.A.S.LawnService
Yesterday 10:17 AM
Today 03:27 PM
by Steve
3 127
Mowing 7 acres
avetslawncare
08-31-2014 04:24 PM
Today 03:11 PM
by Steve
5 176
Help pricing cut down 7...
Bradcook21
08-26-2014 11:17 PM
Today 03:04 PM
by Steve
7 275
New to the industry-...
Lsmain
08-31-2014 10:53 AM
Today 02:58 PM
by Steve
1 126
Sod
RosalesLawnCare
08-27-2014 03:47 PM
Today 02:48 PM
by Steve
3 214
Lawn Route Templates
Landscaper1165
08-30-2014 01:52 PM
Today 02:44 PM
by Steve
2 160
Hello! New here and...
CaliforniaFriendly
08-29-2014 11:30 AM
Today 02:39 PM
by Steve
2 179
Hello
jawnebgoode
08-28-2014 08:37 PM
Today 02:30 PM
by Steve
1 109
Hello from Ohio
kurtwin
08-28-2014 05:06 PM
Today 02:28 PM
by Steve
1 133
snowplowing
jshak40
Yesterday 07:20 AM
Today 08:15 AM
by kslawn
6 174
Walk Behinds and Texas...
SGL1
08-26-2014 03:53 PM
Yesterday 11:36 PM
by SGL1
7 288
Exmark Lazer Z S-Series...
BLC7
08-22-2014 10:18 AM
08-30-2014 09:49 AM
by BLC7
10 453
Stihl engine isn't...
Marcintosh
08-12-2014 08:30 PM
08-28-2014 09:28 PM
by Marcintosh
12 594
Softball field
kslawn
08-15-2014 09:28 AM
08-28-2014 12:01 PM
by Steve
16 671
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-27-2014 08:33 PM
by kurtwin
1,187 331,341
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
08-26-2014 04:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
110 6,741
How do I approach...
Bradcook21
08-21-2014 01:48 AM
08-26-2014 05:08 AM
by Billy Goat
12 573
Tender Process
M2Dave
08-24-2014 12:31 PM
08-25-2014 04:14 PM
by Steve
2 246
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 08:51 AM
08-25-2014 04:02 PM
by Steve
26 3,907
Need help pricing basic...
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:21 AM
08-22-2014 01:05 PM
by Steve
2 341
Yearly contract Pricing
jrob0691
08-21-2014 08:57 AM
08-22-2014 01:01 PM
by Steve
6 412
yearly contract help...
jrob0691
08-21-2014 04:09 PM
08-22-2014 12:48 PM
by Steve
1 289
Pampas bushes
Bradcook21
08-22-2014 01:30 AM
08-22-2014 07:17 AM
by grassdoctore
1 256
2014 Gie-expo
ExtremeLawncareServices
08-19-2014 11:22 PM
08-21-2014 08:50 PM
by phlawncare
2 301
Fuel Can Spouts
Shark1611
08-16-2014 09:09 AM
08-21-2014 08:23 PM
by SGL1
11 544
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
08-21-2014 05:03 PM
by stevef1201
6 802
Hello
M2Dave
08-21-2014 12:32 AM
08-21-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 263
New Landscaping Business
rekon32
08-16-2014 02:26 PM
08-21-2014 12:33 PM
by SouthallMowing
8 599
Downed Tree Chop Bid
WesleySnips
08-16-2014 03:47 PM
08-20-2014 01:44 PM
by SGL1
10 568
60 inch honda/bunton...
pblawncare
08-17-2014 11:30 AM
08-18-2014 03:19 PM
by Steve
2 311
Replacement Parts -...
nicholas-KC
08-16-2014 08:40 AM
08-18-2014 03:16 PM
by Steve
4 423
Preparing the soil
Billy Goat
08-16-2014 06:18 PM
08-18-2014 03:01 PM
by Steve
1 333
What to pay help
phlawncare
08-04-2014 08:33 PM
08-18-2014 10:33 AM
by jrs.landscaping
29 1,166
Hello
Jeff1
08-07-2014 11:18 PM
08-15-2014 11:53 PM
by Jeff1
11 630
Lie #2 RESIDENTIAL...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-06-2014 05:02 AM
08-15-2014 01:46 PM
by mattthelawnguy
54 6,744
Need help 30 HP koler...
Shady Grady
08-01-2014 03:31 PM
08-15-2014 08:46 AM
by kslawn
18 801
New Boomless Sprayer!
BlackRain75
01-03-2014 01:01 PM
08-14-2014 02:37 AM
by BlackRain75
12 2,000
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
08-13-2014 03:29 PM
by Steve
1 429
Hello from Jacksonville,...
JM Lawn Care
08-10-2014 07:15 AM
08-13-2014 07:04 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
9 554
Hello everyone new to...
maddyandrays
08-11-2014 04:51 PM
08-12-2014 08:58 PM
by Shark1611
2 386
Walk behinds
hpruitcei
08-07-2014 06:28 PM
08-12-2014 02:35 PM
by mattthelawnguy
7 656
New name help
stevef1201
08-10-2014 04:27 PM
08-12-2014 12:03 PM
by Steve
6 532
my little green dilemmas
Lawn Techie
08-03-2014 11:47 AM
08-11-2014 01:20 PM
by Steve
7 632
what the best...
CleanCutsLLC
08-02-2014 01:02 AM
08-11-2014 01:16 PM
by Steve
6 682
Texas lawn care company...
Livingston Lawn Care
07-25-2014 11:29 AM
08-11-2014 01:19 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
13 940
Covering all the bases
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:11 AM
08-08-2014 01:41 PM
by Steve
1 468
New from Florida
ADE
08-06-2014 08:40 PM
08-08-2014 01:32 PM
by Steve
4 537
JOB - Landscape Install...
janslawncare
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
08-08-2014 10:06 AM
by janslawncare
0 428
» Popular Tags
4wd ads auger birdscaping charge collections subcontractor craigslist customers ecosymbiosis estimate exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to bid introduction invoice john deere quik trac kawasaki labor cost landscape services late lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lawn service leaf cleanup lesco lighting marketing mowing mulch estimate native plants new buisness online classifieds patio install podcast pto reo rotating scag scripts season seo snow plowing sprayer starting a business start up lawn care business stihl theft theft of services tips toro toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack walker
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:30 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:30 PM.

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