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Posted:  08 Aug 2014 16:46  
Hello..new to this forum. We are bidding this tree. Specks: 600 6" poinsettias for install. 160 replacements over 4 weeks. Weekly service X 4 wks. Question on costs.. with poinsettia cost for the 760 plants @ $ 5.50ea. and figuring 2 techs for a day.
Any advice appreciated...

Thank you
Posted:  08 Aug 2014 18:05  
Seems pretty straightforward.  Whatever your billing rate for the hours times two.  Whatever your desired markup on the plants, add to $5.50 (assume this price is the full landed cost, right?), then add in the replacement plants and labor costs for that.  Then figure maintenance based on your hourly rate alone, since replacements were already calculated in the previous step.  Then add markup to labor costs for profit (you hope).  Don't forget to include disposal labor and other costs if you're responsible for that.
Posted:  11 Aug 2014 16:47  
Clem...thank you for the information, very helpful.
Posted:  12 Aug 2014 02:31  
I do have a word of caution for you, Ben.  We have done large tree stands like this, and we generally bid them at two complete change outs to cover the entire holiday season from the week of Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.  It's true that not all of the poinsettias will need to be changed out for quality reasons, but if you leave the good ones from the original installation in when you install the "second team" rotation, they won't likely match (your early rotation is likely to be an early variety, while the second one will be a late variety).  Plus, the first rotation will probably fade after it's been in place for a couple of weeks, so even if you replace with the same cultivar (e.g., Freedom Red for Freedom Red), the new ones will be more vibrant in color than the old guard. 

Also take care about placement of the stands if possible, or baffle any heating ducts that may blow warm air directly onto the plants in the stand, especially the upper tiers.  Try to direct the flow of air away from the plants if at all possible.  Usually the building engineer will be helpful in that regard, especially if you gift him an extra plant or two for his trouble (as long as that won't put you afoul of any restrictions on gratuities).

Good luck...it'll be quite an experience for you if it's your first time!
Posted:  13 Aug 2014 12:23  
Clem...thanks again.
Posted:  21 Aug 2014 20:45  
You're very welcome.  These can be real profit centers if you bid them right and install them right (and, of course, if you maintain them right).  Good luck!

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