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Old 07-29-2012, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by muddywater View Post
$53 a man hour is good. From what i have read, you are a good contractor/good person that is going to stand behind your product/service. That can be worth alot. Even if you are reasonably higher than the competition, sometimes the premium can have value to the client if they feel you wont go out of business before the warranty expires, or you will be more detail oriented, or if you sold them on a spectacular design, etc.

It isnt overcharging if they agree to your price.
Thanks Muddy.

I probably have some self doubts about certain projects sometimes, but like you said, I stand behind my work and hope to be around a long time. I told my client that if there is any issues with the work, to let me know and I'll be there to fix it.

This patio is probably the first actual patio I've done. I do hardscaping work, but my business is all over the place. I've done walls, 400ft of sidewalk with pavers, landscaping maintenance and installs, etc....

So some of the self doubt in this project is from not doing this type of work on a regular basis.

My clients appreciate the fact that we can do it all. As for a specific niche, I might have to evaluate what I do in a few years and hone in on specific areas of landscaping, but for the time being, I like being able to have a wide variety of things we can offer in order to make unique landscapes without being bound by a specific niche.

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Old 07-29-2012, 04:21 PM
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I thought $5,300.00 was a fair price for a quality finished product. Top tier materials and skilled labor, = higher price. No offense taken with your cheap shot
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:21 PM
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You need to get that size patio done in two days to make money.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:54 PM
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Also, we had about 1100 in materials all together for the project.

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Not a pro here. Looks great to me. Two q's: the materials cost above in addition to the 3700 (total 4800)? Also, is that a new holland type paver?

Finally, I understand pitch is recommended to be 1" per 4'. General consensus on that figure? I mean, is that enough?

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