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Paver Gangster
04-10-2010, 01:57 AM
. . . or the "how much a percentage of labour do I add to materials" posts.

I rarely start threads here, but I cant bloody TAKE IT anymore!!!!!!:mad: :cool:

Let me set you young lads straight when it comes to estimating hardscapes:

1. BUY THIS BOOK.
2. READ IT.
3. READ IT AGAIN, and write notes in the margins.
4. ATTEND A SEMINAR BY THE AUTHOR OR ONE OF HIS ASSOCIATES:

http://www.icpi.org/node/1276

Thank you.

steve5966
04-10-2010, 08:42 AM
. . . or the "how much a percentage of labour do I add to materials" posts.

I rarely start threads here, but I cant bloody TAKE IT anymore!!!!!!:mad: :cool:

Let me set you young lads straight when it comes to estimating hardscapes:

1. BUY THIS BOOK.
2. READ IT.
3. READ IT AGAIN, and write notes in the margins.
4. ATTEND A SEMINAR BY THE AUTHOR OR ONE OF HIS ASSOCIATES:

http://www.icpi.org/node/1276

Thank you.

Will the book tell me how much to charge per square foot? :confused:

LB1234
04-10-2010, 11:15 AM
I'm curious, I have a 10 x 20 patio...how much should I charge per square foot????

Superior L & L
04-10-2010, 11:19 AM
Ha Gangster,
While i have your attention, can i charge the same for a 100' long wall 2' high and a 50' wall 4' high.

Thanks for your help

Oh and how much should i charge if i buy the block for $2.50 per foot from home depot! :rolleyes:

PatriotLandscape
04-10-2010, 08:55 PM
How much should I charge a square foot my if cutomer already bought the pavers from Lowes?

Really I would rather go against these guys all day then educate them about Chuck and his associates. so keep it to yourself :D

JB1
04-10-2010, 09:08 PM
would it be better to charge by the square yard instead.

Meezer
04-10-2010, 09:33 PM
would it be better to charge by the square yard instead.

Oh yes, absolutely!:cool2:

TennisBum
04-11-2010, 01:01 AM
I was going to say something, But you gents took care of it nicely.

zedosix
04-11-2010, 09:07 AM
This is a classic "when a post goes bad" kinda post. :)

DVS Hardscaper
04-11-2010, 10:38 AM
This is something I have mentioned numerously on here.

And you folks can help.

What this forum NEEDS is those STICKY threads.

I participate in a forum of something that's a hobby for me. And over and over the same questions come up - "what size suspension lift", "what engine", etc". So the forum admin created stick threads that remain at the top of the forum, this way guys are not starting the same topic every week.

Contact Lawnsite's admin and beg them to do STICKY topics.

It's a very busy time of year for me, but if we can get some sticky topics, I would be willing to layout my super duper looper experiences and thoughts in the topics.

Letz bombbard the admin with private messages requesting sticky topics.



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stuvecorp
04-11-2010, 12:10 PM
This is something I have mentioned numerously on here.

And you folks can help.

What this forum NEEDS is those STICKY threads.

I participate in a forum of something that's a hobby for me. And over and over the same questions come up - "what size suspension lift", "what engine", etc". So the forum admin created stick threads that remain at the top of the forum, this way guys are not starting the same topic every week.

Contact Lawnsite's admin and beg them to do STICKY topics.

It's a very busy time of year for me, but if we can get some sticky topics, I would be willing to layout my super duper looper experiences and thoughts in the topics.

Letz bombbard the admin with private messages requesting sticky topics.



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Good idea, hopefully it can happen.

Moneypit
04-11-2010, 09:56 PM
Just send a link to my post in this thread:
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?p=3451209#post3451209

kootoomootoo
04-11-2010, 11:03 PM
What if I charge by the sq meter
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steve5966
04-12-2010, 04:41 PM
DVS, why are your threads sticky? Were you looking at pictures of your work again?

DVS Hardscaper
04-12-2010, 07:04 PM
Haha, funny!

but, christ no. Too depressing. I can't bear to look at pics of our work. cause the jobs of today are not what the jobs of yesterday were :(

zedosix
04-12-2010, 08:56 PM
Haha, funny!

but, christ no. Too depressing. I can't bear to look at pics of our work. cause the jobs of today are not what the jobs of yesterday were :(

Is it that bad, I thought the economy picked up from the last two years.

DVS Hardscaper
04-12-2010, 09:24 PM
Is it that bad, I thought the economy picked up from the last two years.


It's too early to tell. However, I do believe things are looking better than last year this time. Only thing is 4-5 years ago our average job was $20K - $40k. Today, our average job is nowhere near that. keyword: average. I do have 2 prospective jobs in the $20k range that are pending. I'm still discounting our jobs, but the discounts are not as heavy as they were last year, I'm slowly creeping prices back up, and if you're a contractor in my area - lets get those prices back to where they belong.




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PatriotLandscape
04-13-2010, 09:10 PM
we have been quoting at 15% for the last two years as of yesterday we are back to 25% profit on all jobs and it feels great! we haven't been as busy as we currently are ever.