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03-26-2007, 06:11 PM
Hey guys i need some help here on pricing. I got a lady that wants 1 and 1/2 yard delivered and installed and leveled in a sunken area. What would you charge to move it(wheelbarrow) to the spot and level per square foot. also what should i charge per mile to deliver? i dont know how much my dirt my f150 will hold, prry have to make 2 trips? i dunno, suggestions!


03-26-2007, 06:39 PM
Your truck will hold 1.5 yds in the bed but it might not with the weight. I dont know, it would be pretty close. All i usually do is 1 yd with my half ton. A yd around here is $20 so 1.5 = $30. I would probaly charge around $90-100. If all your doing is putting it in a hole and smoothing it out, it shouldnt take any more than half an hour to take it out and spread. Dirt goes down pretty quick.

03-26-2007, 07:38 PM
its tough in that your truck wont hold the weight(legally) so you will most likely need to take 2 trips and its tuff to justify charging for 2 load because your truck cant handle it. i just charged $50 for hauling topsoil (1 load). now you talk about using a wheel barrel prior to spreading. my fee would go up for that too. id also try to make a few bucks off the dirt, be it $25 or $30/yard. depending on how far you have to move it in a wheel barrel and up hill or not at least $100 in labor.

03-26-2007, 07:55 PM
id charge 150-200 bucks for delivery and labor to install

AL Inc
03-26-2007, 08:08 PM
For small amounts like that, you really do have to be in the $150-$200 range, especially since you may have more than one trip.

03-26-2007, 08:55 PM
well the sticker on the door jamb says 3800 pounds, i dont know if that means much, i have no idea what that would weigh. anyway i went and measured, theres one spot 10 by 11(110 Sq ft) the deepest would be about 4 inches, mostly about 2 inches. The other spot is 15 by 15(225 Sq ft) 3 inches deep at most, and for the most part 2 inches again. it would be probobly 5 miles to the garden place. so if that narrows it down...thanks for the help guys, i like those price ranges..im broke lol

03-27-2007, 10:57 AM
Why not pay to have it delivered and just add the cost into estimate

03-27-2007, 08:39 PM
well then i wouldent make any money off of the delivery

03-27-2007, 09:27 PM
well then i wouldent make any money off of the delivery

Between fuel time and milage your not really coming out on top anyway withe the hauling.

03-27-2007, 10:03 PM
its not to bad, i dont think im not coming out on top, the place where im getting the dirt is 1.5 miles away so 3 miles loaded, 3 miles unloaded, thats like half a gallon of gas 2.50 / 2 = 1.25. Im charging 25 to deliver, so im making 23.75 for driving around a little. Not to bad im my opinion.