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Old 01-20-2020, 02:32 PM   #21
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Re: Do People Look/prefer A Landscaper That's Close Or They Don't Really Care?


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I mean if you've ran a business before I would imagine you have a decent idea of how markups work and the amount to charge. You're asking a direct pricing question. " I buy for X so how much should I charge the customer?"

No one here can tell you "If you buy for this amount the customer cost is Y". That's all dependent upon your financial numbers. Some contractors do a sliding scale markup (i.e. a lower piece price, higher markup, higher piece price, lower markup) and some contractors do a "flat rate" markup (i.e. 20% regardless).

Deciding which one works for you falls on the finances of your business.

Edit: As another caveat, markup typically depends on the expense of an item- I can't justify a 30% markup on a $3500 entry door w/sidelights. Markup also gets into the probability of damage to material during delivery, etc. etc. Again, you need to examine your financials to accurately answer your question.
Great answer thanks. The reason I asked is because from other areas of research people seem to have a system of if I buy bricks for $5 I charge $10 kind of a thing.
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Old 01-20-2020, 02:35 PM   #22
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Simplistic question, many variables.

Are you installing? How much do you want to make? Will the market bear it?

Subbing it out?

Generally you get a quote from the sub and add your markup to it. How much? Depends.

Many might charge 10 or 15%

If an electrician charges me 150 for a small repair shortly Iím going to charge more than $15 to the customer. If he charges me a couple grand, 10 or 15% would be fine.


How much does sod cost? If you get a decent product for significantly less, do you really want to pass on that savings to the customer or do you want to put it in your pocket?





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No subbing. Regarding market costs, I've asked about this numerous times and only got maybe one good answer on how I can find out what the market rates are. The rest are mainly non answers looking to talk sh*t.

Do I want to pass on my efficiencies to the customer? No. I'm in it to make money. However, if doing so gives me a more significant competitive edge then yes that's what I'd do.
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Thank you for not answering my question at all. I know how to calculate profit. I've ran a business before. I just love it when people act like they are educating you making you feel stupid on something you already know, that you've stated multiple times over, yet completely fail to answer the question.
You are asking people you don't know, in different parts of the country, with different business and personal goals what % profit YOU should charge?

Does that make sense to you having been in business before?
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Old 01-20-2020, 05:10 PM   #24
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You are asking people you don't know, in different parts of the country, with different business and personal goals what % profit YOU should charge?

Does that make sense to you having been in business before?
Profit margin is quite consistent. Prices, however, are not.

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