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Old 03-30-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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I picked up a mowing job at town home complex. I was contacted by them and was asked if I'd be interested in doing some mulching for them as well as maintain the beds, or as the call them "common areas" that are shared amongst the homeowners.

My question is what is the best way to bid this job? They told me the person that backed out was going to charge $15/hr....but I'm assuming that's without material.

Since I'm already there to mow, trim, etc. I figure maintaining the beds by weeding, etc. shouldn't be too much extra work, but I want to make it worth my time too.

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The fairest way for everybody may be an hourly charge for your services plus the cost of materials. You could give them a fixed price quote but considering there are many unknowns since you haven't done this before the T&M idea may be the best.

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The fairest way for everybody may be an hourly charge for your services plus the cost of materials. You could give them a fixed price quote but considering there are many unknowns since you haven't done this before the T&M idea may be the best.
What is that?

I thought about possibly charging another $5/wk for for the maintenance of the beds (and just do that while I mow,trim, etc.) and bid the mulch job out separately.

Otherwise I could charge a flat rate, say $40 a month to maintain the beds, mulch, etc...

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LOL! I just use that term so often I think everybody knows it. T&M means Time & Materials. Which amounts to what I initially said bill them your time plus the cost of the mulch or whatever.
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LOL! I just use that term so often I think everybody knows it. T&M means Time & Materials. Which amounts to what I initially said bill them your time plus the cost of the mulch or whatever.
On a Wed. afternoon I would have figured that out, but by Friday night my brain is fried. Thanks for clarifying.
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