Crushed Stone Driveway Resurfacing Price Check

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Darryl G, Sep 20, 2003.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I just wanted to get some feedback on pricing for crushed stone driveway resurfacing. Yes, I've read all the threads on the subject already.

    For background, I do mostly lawn maintenance but am trying to move away from that to more installs. Mostly just so I can hang out on this forum more, LOL.

    I recently ran an add for gravel driveway resurfacing and am starting to get calls. I've done this work before (maybe 150 tons total), but don't think I've charged enough in the past.

    So I have a driveway and turnaround measuring about 1,500 sq. ft. I will need to regrade/redistribute first, as there are some potholes and it's mounded to one end against landscape timbers due to plowing. Weeds along the edges...not too bad.

    I'll use the JD 855 tractor with loader and landscape rake (I prefer the loader).

    I figured 15 tons of 3/4 process (road base/traprock/basalt) which will cost me approx. $180 delivered, Marked up 25% to $225. I figured 5 hrs maximum with the tractor at $65/hr = $325. This includes some time for hand raking where necessary. Travel time is about 15 minutes each way. Total cost $550 or $36.60/ton.

    Is this a fair price? Too cheap? To high? Just right?

    My customer thinks it's high, but says she hasn't gotten any other pricing.



    P.S. - I compact and smooth it pretty well by backdragging with the loader bucket at a gradually decreasing angle.
  2. SuperShovel

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    Hi Daryl,

    It sound like you know what you are doing. You are DEFINITELY not too high.

    I don't know if you are too low or not, but no way I would haul my tractor out for less than a $350 profit.

    Good luck with response to your ad, thats a sweet deal. Nice and simple work.
  3. Darryl G

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    Supershovel - Thanks for the reply. Of course, I don't want to be too low either.

    BTW, I got the job. I picked up the signed contract and a check for 1/2 the amount this afternoon.
  4. GLAN

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    Your material mark up is low.

    And what about the hand labor?
  5. Darryl G

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    Here's a follow up on this job, some job photos taken today. I graded things out yesterday and put the stone down today. The job was right on budget.

    Here's before the new stone went down, but after the grading.

  6. Darryl G

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  7. Darryl G

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    The pile

  8. Darryl G

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    In progress (after 45 minutes of spreading)

  9. Darryl G

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    last one

    Glan - Thanks for the reply. How much would you mark it up?

  10. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Your mark up is fine.

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