How to configure french drain labor cost

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Unitedlawnscapes, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. Unitedlawnscapes

    Unitedlawnscapes LawnSite Member
    from USA
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    Hi, I am new to the site so please bare with me. I am currently bidding out a french drain project. My first french drain install. I have enough knowledge to install a true french drain. The drain will be 80ft long and I have all my material and equipment figured to complete the job but having trouble deriving a labor cost. Is there a certain lineal foot rate I should abide by? Does this rate included material cost? Any feed back is very much appreciated. Thanks
  2. greenmonster304

    greenmonster304 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,106

    Material cost + markup + regular hourly rate divided by 80 = price per foot.
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  3. Unitedlawnscapes

    Unitedlawnscapes LawnSite Member
    from USA
    Posts: 11

    Any suggestions on mark up percent?
  4. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,780

    Most range from a 50-150% increase markup with 100% being average

    So if you buy something for 1$ . Sell it for $2 .. Buyers market Middle man mark up.. Keep it legit

    Drainage markup with fall short of any kind of amazing profit as labor is so high with these kind of jobs
  5. Junior M

    Junior M LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,553

    Labor and gravel is what's so expensive. You've got to be in the hole 3 different times.. Once to dig to grade. Once to grade the bottom of the rock. Then when the pipe is laid in, you gotta get back in one last time to make sure it stays centered and gets a good even cover of rock.

    I try and sell ez flow as much as I can...
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