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Jason Pallas
10-25-2005, 01:04 AM
Quick question. We did a small retaining wall and some landscaping for a client. I'll briefly describe the job. Please tell me what you would charge. I'll post later what we charged. The customer seemed to think our price was a way too high - I just want to make sure that we were not out of the park with our price.

The job: Build a 70' long retaining wall of the castle rock style wall stone (like they carry at Home Depot/Lowes). The wall was two blocks high (for a total height of 8"). We used approx 150 blocks. We then had to back fill (by hand) the area behind the wall with 7-8 yds of topsoil to build bermed planting area for an installation we later put in. Total material cost for this portion of the job was about $550. Thanks for your help.

JKOOPERS
10-25-2005, 01:21 AM
about $2,000 for everything

LB1234
10-25-2005, 11:20 AM
~2k..................

ClippersLC
10-25-2005, 12:57 PM
$2K sounds resonable to me...no less than $1,500.

sheshovel
10-25-2005, 01:10 PM
Question,why did you backfill behind the wall AFTER the wall was built?I would have had the soil back there 1st,then spread.How far did you have to move the soil?And the wall block?Were you working with a fairly level area to start?Were your materials right there close?I will answer after you tell me these details..

neversatisfiedj
10-25-2005, 02:00 PM
1800.00 .....

jbell113
10-25-2005, 04:57 PM
Im not going to back fill nothing by hand for 2k for me $3500 would be fair taking into consideration the hand shoveling.

Green-Pro
10-25-2005, 07:27 PM
$15 per block here or $2250 before tax.


-Geoff

Jason Pallas
10-25-2005, 10:52 PM
Thanks guys - we charged $2200. I thought it was a little low but it seems to be right about on target. All the materials were close enough (pick-up from suppliers was only 3-4 miles). The soil had to be wheelbarrowed in - about 50-60ft from the front of the house to the back area. The area that we were working with was pretty flat to begin with. We backfilled after the wall was built because we were afraid of packing the area and then having rain wash the soil over the lawn and surrounding area. I'll try to post pictures before and after. We completed the job about 10 days ago.

Scottish LScape
10-25-2005, 10:55 PM
$2500.00 before sales tax.

Ramairfreak98ss
10-28-2005, 01:42 PM
Ive done similar jobs and costs were around $500, charged $1300 all said and done, thats the LOWEST though, at the time i wanted the job and i accepted that. If i did it today probably $1500-2000$

Dirty Water
10-29-2005, 03:41 PM
How long did it take you? Running the numbers, I'm guessing around 20-30 manhours? That seems like a long time for what you did.

Or was this a bid job, and not T&M?

Ramairfreak98ss
10-30-2005, 12:35 AM
How long did it take you? Running the numbers, I'm guessing around 20-30 manhours? That seems like a long time for what you did.

Or was this a bid job, and not T&M?

jobs i wes referring to took 7hrs 2 guys for one , another 12hrs myself, with 1/2hr lunch in the middle.

RedWingsDet
10-30-2005, 03:19 PM
$2500 is what I'd do. That style is the best to put in, however I dont like it, but man I love it because you have no caps to cut or anything that will slow you down in the process :)

kootoomootoo
10-30-2005, 03:31 PM
Why use a wheelbarrow? ......mini loader? 54/42in dingo?

olderthandirt
10-30-2005, 06:52 PM
If I really need the work $2500 if I did'nt $5000 :dizzy: How can anyone give you a price??? What are YOUR cost ? I'm sure we have differnt cost, equipment, experience. I can throw any # out and it could be correct to someone

RedWingsDet
10-30-2005, 07:38 PM
..... delete.....

LB1234
11-02-2005, 09:22 AM
For those charging sales tax....my question would be why???

It is my understanding that sales tax wouldn't apply b/c it would be considered a home improvement.

Green-Pro
11-02-2005, 05:51 PM
For those charging sales tax....my question would be why???

It is my understanding that sales tax wouldn't apply b/c it would be considered a home improvement.

Any service I provide is considered a sale by the state & county. We are required to pay quarterly sales tax to the state based upon the rate at which the county the work being done in. Therefore any service sold is treated from the states tax viewpoint as a good being sold, no matter if its lawn service or a hardscape.

yrdandgardenhandyman
11-02-2005, 08:19 PM
For those charging sales tax....my question would be why???

It is my understanding that sales tax wouldn't apply b/c it would be considered a home improvement.



Because it's the law here. :dizzy: