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Needadayoff
05-29-2008, 08:15 PM
I live in North west GA. I need what I think is a 6-7 zone system (5 heads per zone). No boring under driveways or walks.....Just a regular trench and lay. I was given the ball park cost of 700 per zone.

Is that about right?

No Rush
05-29-2008, 08:31 PM
get three estimates and then ask.....

1wezil
05-29-2008, 08:39 PM
bump me one

amscapes03
05-29-2008, 08:44 PM
Here in the New England area the prices vary from $100.00 to $125.00 per head. I personally don't install, but i sub out a lot of irrigation work. So to me, $700.00 per zone sounds a little high. Like anything, you need to compare apples to apples. There's junk heads, timers, valves etc. And then there's high end stuff. No Rush is right, get more estimates.

mudter
05-29-2008, 10:08 PM
I live in North west GA. I need what I think is a 6-7 zone system (5 heads per zone). No boring under driveways or walks.....Just a regular trench and lay. I was given the ball park cost of 700 per zone.

Is that about right?

What are you getting per zone? I never quote per zone, I put a price on the entire system. Like others have said get a few quotes and compare the designs and list of materials.

T-Trim
05-30-2008, 01:44 AM
we run by the zone.

SC Irrigator
05-30-2008, 06:17 AM
is the company local or will they be traveling down there?...

FIMCO-MEISTER
05-30-2008, 07:39 AM
Zone bidding makes no sense to me.

Kiril
05-30-2008, 07:56 AM
Zone bidding makes no sense to me.

I agree, except in the case where you find yourself giving alot of ball park estimates.

FIMCO-MEISTER
05-30-2008, 09:21 AM
I agree, except in the case where you find yourself giving alot of ball park estimates.

I would use a per head cost rather than zone bidding in that situation.

Kiril
05-30-2008, 09:30 AM
I would use a per head cost rather than zone bidding in that situation.

Yes, that would provide a more accurate estimate, except in the case of drip/micro when you don't have a head count. :)

Mike Leary
05-30-2008, 02:55 PM
Yes, that would provide a more accurate estimate, except in the case of drip/micro when you don't have a head count. :)

Sounds like a lot more office time to come up with the same price you
thought of when you walked the site. :nono:

Waterit
05-30-2008, 03:36 PM
I would use a per head cost rather than zone bidding in that situation.

I agree, except in the case where you find yourself giving alot of ball park estimates.

I bid everything by the head, adding on for drip, pump and well, controller upgrades, extra faucets, etc.

For ballparks I use 25 - 35 cents per SF of landscape area, and let them do the math.

Mike Leary
05-30-2008, 03:47 PM
A few of us can walk the site & come up with a price, though a good selling point if
it's a bidding war is have references at least three years old & urge the would-be client
to ask the other bidders to provide the same. I also hand them my card & suggest if
they take the low bid, they'll need it. Sometimes that little snide comment tips the scales. payup