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southerneclipse
08-10-2010, 01:47 PM
Hey, I'm new to the business and starting slowly but have a customer that wants a dump truck full of topsoil spread and graded. Was wondering what the best way to charge was. I am thinking of charging per square foot, but not sure if thats the best way of doing it or not.

Smallaxe
08-10-2010, 08:56 PM
What are you grading it with? How much time and expense are you putting into the job?

lwcmattlifter
08-16-2010, 09:36 PM
Lots of factors with that one.
How much material?
What are you spreading the soil on top of? Turf or dirt?
How far from the dump site does the material have to be moved?
What are you moving/spreading it with?

I don't think I would charge based on sf.

I would make my estimate based on time + material. Hourly labor rate + equipment labor rate + materials.

AdvLandscapeLLC
08-18-2010, 07:36 PM
hourly rate for the machine+operator
Materials w\mark up
1 Laborer

But this all depends on your operating costs and time it would take you, dont do square feet it will screw you if problems arise