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How much do you charge to plant annuals and 1,5,15, etc. gallon plants?
01-22-2000, 04:09 AM
CGS, invest in a production times manual, the money is well worth it. Nelson Associates book store has a link at the top of this page.<br>1gal 15 per hr<br>3gal 9 " "<br>7" 5 " "<br>2.5" 36 " 2hr
While on this subject. Anyone here use Means Landscape Etimating and Cost Data. (or have used it in the past) This book is revised yrly and contains alot of info. for most all landscaping tasks.<br>
01-22-2000, 09:11 AM
CLM1-<p>Is there a web page where that is available? If so, could you post it? I'd be very interested. As we add new services to our lineup, a pricing guide would help. I'm tired of the "fly by night" literature that is so readily available on this subject. I see the advice some of these "gurus" offer and I realize right away that the source isn't trustworthy. I'm looking for legitimate answers, not hoodoo voodoo infomercial fodder. Thanks!<p>John
I was just wondering if I was charging to little or too much.<p>What I'm currently charging is:<p>1 gal. $8-$10 ea. (depending on the terrain)<br>2 gal. $8-$10 ea. (depending on the terrain)<br>5 gal. $15-$25 ea. (depending on the terrain and if they need to be staked[5gal. trees])<p>This is if you have to quality pick them, deliver, and install them.
Retro, here's the web address you need - www.rsmeans.com/direct - Ph.# 1-800-334-3509.
I use 1.5 times the wholesale cost of the plant. ground covers and annuals 3x cost.<p>
I went ahead and ordered the Means CostWorks Site Work & Landscape Cost Data 2000 the cost was $99.95 in CDROM the SKU# is 65280. It should arrive next week. You could go to <a href="http://nt.receptive.com/rsmeans/bookstore/">Bookstore</a> and do a search for "Landscape". It gives you a list of all Landscape related books. You may want to consider purchasing Landscape Estimating, 3rd Edition by Sylvia H. Chattin<br>ISBN 0-87629-534-0 the cost is $62.95. I looked up this book at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0876295340/o/qid=948748322/sr=8-1/002-1066631-9453822">Amazon.com</a> and the price was around $40. I may order this also but I want to get my software first.<p>You could go to Barnes and Noble or other book stores and check out the paper backs. It looks really hard at first to understand but if you read the instructions carefully you will be able to learn it pretty quickly.<br>
There are other books like "20 Secrets for Landscape Contractors" at Amazon.com
CGS, let us know how you like the Means CD ROM. Thanks!
YARD, I'll let all of you know when it arrives.
I received to R.S. Means CD. It's o.k. gives you a base line on what to charge. Can not minipulate the program. <p>I should go with www.EBid98.com but they want like a $1,000 for the mid size software. I'd rather go with them, but not now too expensive. Ebid98 uses the same software I ordered, but you can manipulate it any way you want.<p>You can download a trial version from ebid98 it will last for 10 days.<p>
Just looked at ebid98 seems made for a large general contractor.<p>Thinking out loud, seems I could do that with a exel spread sheet, Pricing plants and profits shouldn't be that hard. If your pricing out public works projects, old obs are in their open records. Go to the libriary and photo copy them all bids are public record. Most if not all landscaping bid are one or two pages long ebid just over does it.<p>----------<br>paul<br>
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