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Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

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Old 07-28-2012, 12:36 PM
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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.
LOL. All very valid points. I have noticed a boat load of grammatical errors on here!!! Good thing some of us arent English teachers!!! Anyway man, you have to know whats going on before you bid on this. Apex is right, you need to come off being professional and look like you know whats up. Just put yourself in the shoes of your potential client. What would you think?? Would you hire a guy that is unsure and doesnt seem to have a firm grasp on what the job entails? Remember you have to walk before you run...LOL
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I dont know how much the blower mulch people charge but he didnt leave enough room in the bid to hire anyone.

Mulch jobs over 10 yards we typically have a few guys and a kubota. It takes only a few hours this way. For 26 yards you need a small army or 4 guys and a small loader.

To give you a slight idea of what your getting into. Your going to have to fill up 180 wheelbarrows with mulch.
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I dont know how much the blower mulch people charge but he didnt leave enough room in the bid to hire anyone.

Mulch jobs over 10 yards we typically have a few guys and a kubota. It takes only a few hours this way. For 26 yards you need a small army or 4 guys and a small loader.

To give you a slight idea of what your getting into. Your going to have to fill up 180 wheelbarrows with mulch.
Man...180 wheelbarrows sums it up perfectly...hopefully you you plan it on a day that's 70 degrees and overcast...and hopefully your not one of those guys who rock the skinny jeans!!!!
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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.
Wow ! You should do the job and give her about $2000.00 because if you do that job that's what happening. I get mulch for $28 a yard. I charge $90 a yard. That gets it to their house and gets it spread out. I'm one of the cheapest guys around here.
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I dont know how much the blower mulch people charge but he didnt leave enough room in the bid to hire anyone.

Mulch jobs over 10 yards we typically have a few guys and a kubota. It takes only a few hours this way. For 26 yards you need a small army or 4 guys and a small loader.

To give you a slight idea of what your getting into. Your going to have to fill up 180 wheelbarrows with mulch.
lol. I've done 12 yards in one day by myself. Never again.
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lol. I've done 12 yards in one day by myself. Never again.
Yeah. 15 yards over 2 days here - plus manually edging the whole thing and a bunch of other little things. Ugh.
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i came up with 965 bucks, to install a french ditch, a small area under the garden, tearing everything up, replacing mulch (4 cubic yards), and trim like 15 hedges that are like 10-15 feet high. That's total after labor and everythinig. hopefully it isn't to much. I've studied deep into all the subjects at hand. I've done it for other companies for yards, just one of my own legit gig for my company. So, thanks for the support guys!
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I get mulch for $28 a yard. I charge $90 a yard...I'm one of the cheapest guys around here.
Damn! I do that for $75, so I'm only making about $50 per yard. But I'm picking it up and installing it. And I still have people think it's too high. When people think it's too much I just kindle walk away from the table. I've seen some of my regular customers tackle those jobs, but it takes them months to complete, because they realize it's hard work and they procrastinate about finishing.

And they are going to the box stores and buying the bark or mulch in bags. Just foolish.
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Damn! I do that for $75, so I'm only making about $50 per yard. But I'm picking it up and installing it. And I still have people think it's too high. When people think it's too much I just kindle walk away from the table. I've seen some of my regular customers tackle those jobs, but it takes them months to complete, because they realize it's hard work and they procrastinate about finishing.

And they are going to the box stores and buying the bark or mulch in bags. Just foolish.
I love it when I see people go to box stores and by sh!itloads of bagged mulch. Ive had a client say they would do it when my quote was too high. I dont have them any more(thank god). Anyway they buy a couple bags then never finish. That bagged sh!t is twice as expensive. Also when you get out there and start hauling that stuff around you realize it hard work. Some people just dont see it. We offer a service which does cost money. If your cheap and cant afford it dont call us in the first place!!
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