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Landscaping estimates

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by KJ26, Jan 24, 2001.

  1. KJ26

    KJ26 LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 18

    Thinking about trying some landscaping this year to break up the mowing and need some ideas on estimate forms.
    Just looking for a few to compile a perfect one.
  2. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
    Posts: 1,625

    Don't know about everybody else but we use Excel and Word
  3. KindGardener

    KindGardener LawnSite Member
    Posts: 186

    Check out NEBS.com - (they're also one of the sopnsors of the site).

    they have several estimate forms, they will send samples (if you want to just print out some & photo copy them).

    I made up custom ones for myself & had Kinkos print then on 2 part carbonless paper. came out real professional! (I'm new to the business, so everything help)
  4. steveair

    steveair LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,073


    There are quite a few 'pre-fab' estimate sheets out there for landscaping, but never been to happy with most of them. For maintenance, I think the pre-made sheets are handy, as things are more standardized and the estimates are much more repetitious.

    For construction, I usually start off fresh each time using microsoft word, and describe all the work and price each section off as I go. Most of my jobs vary so much between one to another, that those standard forms just don't work. They leave you like 2 lines for plant materials, etc. I usually use a couple pages for plants alone.

    Pave tech/probst has a real nice sheet for estimating paver work though. They left very little out. I got a copy when they sent a info pack to me that I requested over the internet. May want to check it out. Pave Tech's # is 1-800-247-3343.


  5. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,277

    KJ26 -

    Send me your e-mail address and I'll send you a copy of our form. I use Excel also. There's boiler plate legaleze on the back. That part you should hammer out with your attorney.
  6. mowing king

    mowing king LawnSite Member
    from ct
    Posts: 85

    if you are only doing small planting jobs you can do a basic form that you can finish and give to the client on the spot. slow is fast, take time now for quick estimates later. you need a measuring wheel first. Draw up 10 basic designs and price them out and use these as your base.
    a form could look like this Shrubs ____, trees_____, perenials _____, annuals ______,Mulch ______, soil_____,
    Prep_____, clean-up _____. total_______.

    this is a quick way to do small planting proposals.Just fill in the blanks. Keep it simple.

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