How Much Would You Charge!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by nicholsonlawnservices, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. nicholsonlawnservices

    nicholsonlawnservices LawnSite Member
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    Im pretty new to the business and im looking for some advise on how to estimate the time it would take to clean this property up. Also what be a reasonable price to charge? The guy wants everything on the property taken out accept for the large trees and the house itself. All shrubs, small trees, weeds, vines, plants, fence(about 250 ft total), shed and a dog kennal with it own fence. He is getting the dumpster and paying for all that. The customer just wants an estimate to tear it all out and load it into dumpster.

    Ill be using 5 guys plus myself to finish this within a day or two. But the regular $30 an hr per guy sounds alittle high to me for this. What do you guys think?

    The backyard is 75' by 75' and completely filled like the forth picture is showing. Any idea on a price you guys would charge would greatly help me. Ill try to put up more pictures.

    This is what the property looks like..

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  2. nicholsonlawnservices

    nicholsonlawnservices LawnSite Member
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    some more pictures

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  3. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
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    Can you mix the vegetation with the other debris? I'd guess you'd need one dumpster for the fences, shed etc and another for the vegetation.

    Does he want the stumps ground out? Do you need any kind of permit to tear down the shed?
     
  4. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Not sure of what your charging, looks like approximately 2200.00? You just charging for labor? Seems like there's an awful lot of work to do. Does the customer want stumps removed, cement posts removed etc? I'd probably charge them about 3500 or so, business would have to make some money too.
    You pay your laborers $30.00/hr?
     
  5. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Posts: 1,074

    I'm sure the laborer doesn't get $30.00/ hr. The laborer probably gets maybe $15.00 and the rest goes to ins, and other company expenses.
     
  6. Lefet

    Lefet LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,887

    True, just not quite understanding the statement:
    "But the regular $30 an hr per guy sounds alittle high to me for this. What do you guys think?"

    If that's your charge by the hour, x manpower, why change no?
     
  7. nicholsonlawnservices

    nicholsonlawnservices LawnSite Member
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    The shed is already just a pile of rubble on the ground. It just needs to be carried to the dumpster with everything else so no permits are needed. It is all going into the one dumpster. The stumps are also being pulled out. I charge 30/hr per guy for the job, thats not what they get payed.
     
  8. vt properties

    vt properties LawnSite Member
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    Thats the standard where im from. I charge 38.00 per man hour. I pay my workers 10-13 an hour. The rest is for insurance and such. Its the same as when a car garage charges 75.00 per hour labor, the mechanics dont get paid that. Plus I make a nominal amount on mark up's, and a fee for trucking materials, usually 55.00 .
     
  9. vt properties

    vt properties LawnSite Member
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    That looks like 3-4k job if they supply the dumpster
     
  10. nicholsonlawnservices

    nicholsonlawnservices LawnSite Member
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    That 30 an hr usually includes all the haul away for my clean ups. The customer is taking care of that expense so im thinking of adjusting the hour rate.
     

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