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Old 07-26-2012, 11:47 PM
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Is $22 for 3/4 yard to cubic yard of black mulch. I have a 88'x18', 19'x13', and a 40'x19' area to place mulch at. I've came up that it is 26 yards. Is 494$ to much for 26 cubic yards? That's without delievery and me picking it up without charging...
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Mulch where I live is $30-$35 a cubic yard, so in my book $22 is cheap!

Is this for a customer? I would charge the price you paid for a yard and multiply that by 2, that how much I would charge them, that would pay for the mulch and the labor.
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I am so LOST $494/26 = $19 a yard
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I am so LOST $494/26 = $19 a yard
Yeah thats what I was thinking to will, I don't know, maybe it was price at 22 a yard, but was discounted for the bulk he was buying?? I don't know.
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Mulch where I live is $30-$35 a cubic yard, so in my book $22 is cheap!
$29-$38 here. So yes thats cheap. Now what do you mean by 3/4-1 yard?

I would get it delivered. Even if you can fit 8 yards in a dump truck, your still taking 3 or more trips. Most places charge $40-$75 for delivery. Which will be cheaper then your cost.

Even if my mulch was that cheap my labor wouldnt be. I would be in the range of $1000-$1250 in labor.
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3/4 yard is a bucket full he said.

Well crap, I sorta sent an e-mail to my customer already. lol I used an online program to come up with this. :-/ I hope I didn't mess up. lol. I told her I wouldn't mark up the price just cause they are super big into the county I live and know alot of high people who they'd get me some nice jobs.

They want a french ditch installed. Hedges trimmed and mulch installed and a few plants removed/installed. She wanted to keep everything under 1000 bucks and wanted me to work for her per the hour. :-/ I sorta put my foot in my mouth by saying 20 dollars per hour.
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Well if your working by yourself youll spend a good 30 hours spreading it. You can do a 1 yard a hour but after about 3 yards. You start to slow down.

The bucket size should have nothing to with anything. Whether they use 1/2 yard bucket or a 2 yard bucket. Your buying by the yard. So if this guy tries to give you 26 3/4 buckets. Hes beating you for a few yards.
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Ah...how do you plan on spreading that much multch?!

Why not just call a place to have it blown in? They usually give a discount when you get into the 3rd unit. So they blow it in in a couple of hours, and you still walk away with a couple hundred bucks.

I once had a guy who needed 40 yards of bark installed, and I told him I'll get it blown in. He wanted me to spread it by hand. I told him it would have been almost $2000 to do it by hand, and even so, I won't do it.

You're going to kill yourself spreading that much multch. Also, your getting $494 worth of multch delivered. And even if you can instal a yard every hour for only $20/hr, that's $520 in labor. So you are already over the $1,000.

I would call the lady back and explain you misspoke with the quote, and correct how much it will cost.
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3/4 yard is a bucket full he said.

Well crap, I sorta sent an e-mail to my customer already. lol I used an online program to come up with this. :-/ I hope I didn't mess up. lol. I told her I wouldn't mark up the price just cause they are super big into the county I live and know alot of high people who they'd get me some nice jobs.

They want a french ditch installed. Hedges trimmed and mulch installed and a few plants removed/installed. She wanted to keep everything under 1000 bucks and wanted me to work for her per the hour. :-/ I sorta put my foot in my mouth by saying 20 dollars per hour.
Holy Chit Man!!!! Call her back and tell her things changed. Tell her your suppier upped his price. Tell her something. If you do that job for that amount of money your crazy. Wow, talk about low balling. I would fix this problem soon
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If you don't have the experience bidding on this big of a job , you shouldn't . If you don't even have an idea on how to come up with a dollar amount for yourself per yard, you shouldn't be soon this work...and if you can't even spell Mulch!....you shouldn't be in this business ...wow , but you pulled the trigger already and odds are your gonna look unprofessional and lose the job
if you call back and say hey I messed up. That harsh criticism being said...good luck.
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