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Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by southerneclipse, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. southerneclipse

    southerneclipse LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    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.
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    What are you grading it with? How much time and expense are you putting into the job?
  3. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 859

    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.
  4. AdvLandscapeLLC

    AdvLandscapeLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 568

    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

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