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Avg. per Man Hour

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by rdran5, Sep 22, 2004.

  1. Hep me out, I hear some say a dollar a minute, I have one of my biggest jobs so far, I have been just cuttiing trimming and sweeping, now a customer's neighbor has asked me to do a major (on my scale) cleanup. I have guesstimated 42.5 man hours. It is all cut trim clean-up overgrown areas remove ivy, some tree pruning (and remove 3 limbs)and about 150 ft of red tips (trimmed). And of course cut, trim and sweep. Also I will be able to pile brush for curbside city pick-up, and clear bag debris, no material just sweat and my equip.

    What I am asking is 35.00 an hour to much to ask it comes to42.5 Manhours @ 35.00 per to equal 1487.50, and I can probably bust this out with no help in real time 16 hours max. Am I to cheap or is this in line with you guys, and gals.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. i_plant_art

    i_plant_art LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 558

    you know honestly it all depends on what it cost you per hour to run your truck, ins, gas , equipment, trash bags, lunch time, ice, water, etc etc.... sldo how much do u think your worth for you time on top of the expenses..... how far do u have to travel to get there... is it on flat land or hilly..... and dogs there to follow you around and bug the **** out of you while u work... ( i always add a lil extra if i see they let their dog run aournd wild .... ) 35 sounds too cheap to me.... i usually do work like anywhere between 65 and 125 per hour... i know this might sound high but i close 93% of my contracts.. which i think is damned good.... so taking all that into effect u might wanna see bout raising it up a bit... just my.02
  3. Thanks Iplantart, I managed to get 1600.00, works out to almost 40 an hour, with no material and I don't even have to remove the brush or trimmings, just pile for city pick-up (I explained to the owner they had to say they did the work if anyone asks) so that reduced the price considerably. I worked solo today for about 3.5 hours. and tomorrow will bring in 2 guys to help hopefully no more than 5 hours each and we should be done. I gues estimating is somewhat of an art, I will learn more with experience, thanks for your help.
  4. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,275

    You are estimating 42 hours but it should only take 16 hours? How does that work? If you are estimating 42 hours shouldn't it take 16 hours? I realize that sometimes you should quote high on your hours, but over quoting it 26 hours? Who knows maybe I don't know what I am talking about. When I quote a job, a quote it for what it will take, and then I charge a rate depending on how many hours there is. The more hours the cheaper the hourly rate.
  5. NelsonLandworks

    NelsonLandworks LawnSite Member
    Posts: 131

    we try to aviod working hourly, but when we do we go for 40-50 an hour depending on what we do. For two people and for how hard we work we don't charge enough. But in your first year of busniess there's a lot to improve on
  6. DRSOGR, you couldn't have been more right :blush: I just finished 30 hours and still have to go back tomorrow for about 4 hours(3 men), but the lady was happy and even went ahead and paid me tonight, 1700.00. I told yall i have a lot to learn and thanks for the patience yall show.

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