How much to bid?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by qcontrol23, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. qcontrol23

    qcontrol23 LawnSite Member
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    I have a job installing a 4' tall, 125' long, and 10' wide berm. How should i bid the labor portion of my estimate?? 2/3rds of the cost of supplies?? Please help
     

  2. I would figure out how long it was going to take and go from there.
     
  3. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Two thirds materials should work. But make sure you know your labor costs beforehand to make sure it works out correctly.
     
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    why would you charge 2/3 the cost of supplies for labor,
     
  5. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think he was trying to write two times the cost of labor, which also would be too low.
     
  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Ya, I was wondering what the heck does material cost have to do with what is charged for labor.
     
  7. socallawndude

    socallawndude LawnSite Member
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    For sure bid labor and materials. Very seldom are the two related in my experience. Case in point mechanics, they say shop rate is x per hour regardless how expensive the part is. The problem from there is how well you can estimate how long it will take you
     
  8. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    10' wide and 4' high is not a realistic dimension for an earth berm. Be careful.
     

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