View Full Version : What would you charge for this work?

05-10-2010, 02:24 PM
I have already charged for the work i quoted and just seeing if its in the range of what other people might charge

now i have pics of the other side of the house and the front that i didnt start yet but i forgot to get pics on the side by the porch where i started (it was about the same condition but with a big hole that needed filled where a like plastic pond use to be)

but let me know what you would charge to do the work

no plastic being laid down and every thing is gonna be mulched (i tried to talk her to getting the plastic laid down but she didnt want that)

so every thing has to be mulched the smaller stuff has to be dug up and weeded cause she wants to keep all the plants that were there and she got a whole bunch more plants that she wants put in and she wants to pick where they go before i put them in

so ya kinda a pain in the a$$ but whatever

ok now every thing has to be weedeated and the stuff thats there has to be pulled and every thing needs to be rototilled raked and hauled away the old weeds and dirt and crap. haul dirt in, haul mulch in and spread, plant the old flowers back in after there weeded and cleaned up

there is also a place where the wells are that she wants to be cleaned up and put some flowers there so she dont need to weedeat it (thats the pic with the tall grass there is a septic drain thing there that stick out of the ground)

what would you charge?

o ya and that pile of mulch from a stump being ground down i need to haul that away and put dirt and plant grass there also














Think Green
05-10-2010, 08:51 PM
Without any specs or scaled blue print, plant list...........I would fly from the hip and say start off in the 3 g range.

05-10-2010, 09:43 PM
Without any specs or scaled blue print, plant list...........I would fly from the hip and say start off in the 3 g range.

Crazy, as I was scrolling down that's about what I guessed. Looks like its a mess!
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Think Green
05-10-2010, 10:37 PM
I am telling you this..........The landscape face lift will improve the exterior of that house by 10,000.00 in real estate standards.

Raymond S.
05-11-2010, 08:03 PM
I had one of those the other day. I told her I could quote the job or she could give me her budget and we would work at a rate of $35/hr. If I quote it, I'll likely quote it higher than what she would end up paying if she let us do time and materials. She understood and appreciated being able to set a budget for herself. Some people don't like to do this and of course there are times when I flat quote a job, but for ugly cleanups like this where inevitably the homeowner is going to add stuff as the job gets closer to completion it works well for us to do time and materials. The homeowner is always surprised how much work gets done in one man hour as compared to when they're laboring themselves.

White Gardens
05-11-2010, 09:29 PM
Without any specs or scaled blue print, plant list...........I would fly from the hip and say start off in the 3 g range.

That would be my guess.

There is a lot of Burdock in those beds, how do you plan on getting rid of them?

Think Green
05-11-2010, 10:29 PM
Start by having utilities and other stuff located. Dig out smaller plants that aren't so tender, till the beds--redo the soil, rake out weed matter, level-add borders, plants, mulch.

05-13-2010, 12:26 PM
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05-13-2010, 12:37 PM
Well I read somewhere that vinegar will kill the roots so I cut every thing down and put that on them but with 4 days of rain and not being back there I think ill need to do that again. And she really didn't want black plastic down but I'm gonna try to talk her in to getting some down at least where there growing like crazy and that with the vinegar should kill them for good.

Did any one else ever try the vinegar thing? I read it in a book a while back never tried it so this is the first time

And yes I have 2 tillers lots or different rakes and shovels and a lawn tractor with a wagon on the back ill be using to haul the stuff to the truck and will use to haul the mulch to put around the beds

There is a ton of work and I only got the mulch on the front part done as of right now then we keep getting the rain so this weekend will be nice out and I should have it all done

And payment was a 1997 ranger and $1800 cash so I think I made out ok as I won't need to buy plants just mulch, gas, and my time o and haul all the old crap away and spread them on my feild (it gets planted to corn and tilled up and weed killed any ways so won't really hurt any thing and I won't have a huge pile of grass and weeds laying around)
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05-13-2010, 12:54 PM
And I also have 4 more places like this but not as big so ill be busy this next month and can slack off till fall-winter (I stopped mowing yards cause it got hard to get my prices when kids were gonna mow like 2 acre yards for $10 kinda not worth my time to try to even come close to that ya I do a good job and make it look great but most people around me look for price over looks)

So I just do spring clean ups, mulching, bed clean up, fall clean up, light tree removel (for huge trees I contract it out and we spilt the money and I keep all the stuff they just have the ins and big trucks and saws to do the trees) and I plow snow and salt drives which I'm about to get out of cause same reason any one with a old beat up truck and a cheap plow set up will do drives for $10 my min is $35 for a small drive and that's just to plow salting is more

But who knows I like to plow and got a good set up just need to get a heavy duty newer truck
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Jail Bird
05-15-2010, 01:38 PM
I put a customer of mine a planned "budget" set up. I run it at $35.00 an hour plus materials (w/ slight markup) and and landfill/dump costs. She has like $3000.00-$4000.00 worth of work to do around a home that renter's trashed. Her budget is more like $1500.00. I told her to make a "priority" list up and we will work thru it a few hours a week and she can direct me as we go as to what takes precedence. It is working out well and like someone said $35.00 worth of work will go along way if you get after it.

05-17-2010, 11:46 AM
You give up waaaayy too easy, make sure you have all your registrations and insurances and build your business on Quality rather than cheapness of services.

05-17-2010, 12:18 PM
Ya I walk away from a job if they want more done than what there willing to spend this job was pretty good cause I got half cash and a truck which I will fix up and sell or part out and should get around 1500 to 2000 depending on the market and how things go or keep it and drive the truck to save gas and take to give bids and do light work with it
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