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Old 08-18-2011, 06:42 PM
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Exclamation Pricing HELP: Moving topsoil & Rock

Thoughts on how much to charge a customer who wants 7 yards of topsoil and 1 ton of egg rock layed.

Topsoil- $17.00/yard, Egg rock- $29.00/ton, Delivery- $79.00

The dirt and rock will be wheelbarrowed from the street in front of the house and dumbped/spread in the rear of the house.

Would like to complete job by myself but have help if needed. Need to decide if I shoud rent a dingo or similar for the job. Thanks!
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:30 PM
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Not sure about hills, obstacles or distance from point A to B with wheelbarrow/dingo. Visiting the property over the wkend to collect final details and measurements. THanks for your input!
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Old 08-18-2011, 08:34 PM
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Needs a 2-3 tear ret. wall built large enough to house 7 yards of topsoil (tsoil amnt. is customers guestimate,) 10-15 pieces of new sod to replace dead patches, and old rock removed to make way for new rock (western sunrise-1 ton.)

West. Sun Rock- $170/ton
Sod- Around $.30/ft
Topsoil- $17/yd
Delivery- Dirt/Rock $79.00
Dingo (if needed)- $195/day

Thinking of $35/hr for prep work: level ground for ret. wall, remove old rock.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:43 PM
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charge $10,000
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:12 AM
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If you are going to do it by yourself maybe a Dingo but I would not take a guesstimate from a customer I would look the job over myself and present a complete estimate with work description and change order clause.
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Old 08-19-2011, 02:22 PM
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I would rent a dingo.... it will make your life a lot easier and the job with go by faster!!!
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I did a pretty similar job today and I have a dingo. It took me most of the day since he ground speed on the dingo isn't that high. I didn't manage to finish

I'd probably look for a mini skid or something with a 14cu ft + bucket.
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:06 AM
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I agree that wheel barrows move faster than dingos, but it takes time to fill a wheelbarrow by hand... Depending on the distance and ease of shovelling I generally take 2 short days moving a 10 yard load of topsoil. that usually involves raking for lawns... filling up a retaining wall with 7 yds could be less than 8 hrs...

Who's building the wall and how high/long is it? What is "egg rock"?
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