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Need Help on Pricing!!!

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by AndrewBest, May 13, 2008.

  1. AndrewBest

    AndrewBest LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    Hey guys I just finished a irrigation system at my house and I am now thinking of doing a few on the side of doing maintaince. How should I go about pricing a system.. Any help is appreciated thanks guys..
  2. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    60 per spray, 150 per rotor is a good way to check yourself.

    figure out how much the materials will cost, then figure out how much you have in labor, then figure in a fudge factor (wiggle room for unforseen items), and then how much do you want to make profit.

    A+B+C+D=final price.
  3. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    The big bucks are not going to come right away, there is a learning curve,
    but after twenty years or so............
  4. WalkGood

    WalkGood LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,910

    ...... after 20 plus years, you'll be a cranky old beeestard raggin on the youngins on LawnSite!!! :laugh::laugh::rolleyes::rolleyes:
  5. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,911

    This is what happens after 30:

    Here is a funny story about the old bastId I work with..

    Today we are eating lunch in the truck...Ate by the beach so this particular parking, was inverted on a hill...He forgot about the angle we were parked @...Next thing he opens the door reaching for his cooler and almost fell out of the truck!!! I mean full on he was hanging to anything for dear life...I grabbed his arm, and jacket..TWICE, and reeled him back in...

    Kinda felt bad for him...
    Has this happened yet Mike?

    This is how we price
    45 a man hour (not enough)
    32$ for a pgp
    12.50$ for a 570
    buck a piece on the small stuff...clamps,funny fits,
    3 bucks a nozzle
    3 bucks for a fitting
    1$ for every foot of funny pipe/same as poly
    32 for a valve
  6. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 47,694

    .........you can move on to your real career of asking people if they want fries with that.
  7. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    Or, "do you remember your shoe size?"
  8. AndrewBest

    AndrewBest LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    Thanks for all the help ... Any other suggestions greatly appreciated
  9. Mike Leary

    Mike Leary LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,976

    Daily, hourly, it's the glue & primer.
    You're making a pretty good % on parts,
    which is why the hour rate can be kept
    low..clients like that. I don't.
  10. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    Exactly Mike. What about the jobs that there are no parts used? you get a little screwed.

    Rotar - my price for the bigger components are a little lower than yours, but I have really increased the price for smaller stuff. $1.50-$2.00 for clamps, swing ells. $4-$6 for the common poly fittings.

    And a $6 fee any time we use glue, and $6 any time a pull out the torch

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