House needs curb appeal...Please help

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by urbanino86, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. urbanino86

    urbanino86 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    Hello all,

    I just recently started my own landscaping business. I'm bidding on a project for a house that is getting ready to be sold in the next 6 months. They have a $10,000 budget for landscaping and want to make some big changes on their property before it is sold.

    The first thing they want to do is replace the current turf with brand new sod which is approximately 1000 sqft or so. They want to replace the bushes in the front with new ones. I have experience in all of this and well capable of doing this. I also have the necessary help to get the job done.

    My concerns and questions come from their request of building a 3 or 4 feet retaining rock wall in the back yard. I have never done this before. They also want to put up a fence to close off the back which is about 20 feet long. I also have never done this before.

    If I bid, and win this job. What should I do? Subcontract it out? I would really like to learn how to do these things myself so. How do I do that though?

    I have much prior experience with landscaping in renovations, and installations. But rock walls and fences are my weak points. Any advice, and suggestions would be very helpful and welcome.

    Thank you! :usflag:
     
  2. yamadooski

    yamadooski LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 434

    If you are business for yourself. You need to answer this yourself. Go with you gut instinct.
    I mean look at your own question here and analyze it.
    1. They have a budget of 10k
    2. they want to sell the house.
    3. you have never done two of the jobs.

    This is a no brainer answer.
    Let's say you tackle it all yourself. Do really want to practice on a 10k job or would rather practice on a lesser priced job?
     
  3. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    no offense...but how can you "win the bid" and THEN figure out whether or not you will sub it out????????:hammerhead:

    you are going to win the bid and the job will be spec'd on what you bid, if you accounted for a subcontractor than use him, if you didn't, well than good luck.
     

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