Need help pricing a new commercial landscape install

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by mjlcare, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. mjlcare

    mjlcare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    I am bidding on a new store being built in my area.

    This bid will be for both landscaping and irrigation. i have all the cad drawings and specs provided by arch. and builders.

    I have done my research and the plants are going to cost 15k. irrigation is going to cost $1500.

    25 trees and over 500 schrubs plus 20 pallets of bahia

    what would you price this kind of job at.

    i have already put my bid in, just trying to get some ideas of what you guys would charge


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  2. DiSantolandscaping

    DiSantolandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 346

    id bid the job around 30 to 35k depending on how many guys are helping you and what else your using for material after you plant all the tress and shrubs.
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    I'd charge a lot.
  4. GreenLight

    GreenLight LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 467

    Just going by an old safe formula...

    If you know your material costs alone are 16,500 you can likely assume your overhead when all is said and done is equivalent to at least 10,000 more (Labor, Machinery, Insurance, Office Costs, equipment and tools, gas, workmans comp, etc, etc, etc..list could go on for quite some time if you really break it down to TRUE operating costs per day). Before the company earns a nickel you would have to be close to $30,000. Seems to me anywhere from $42,000 - $48,000 considering you can bet on a job with that many plants you are going to be doing quite a few revisits and some occasional replacements in that first year.
  5. mjlcare

    mjlcare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    so i bid 39,670.00 on the job so i guess i did pretty good interms of yalls opinion

    let me know what you think
  6. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,829

    I'm a little concerned that you have over $16K in plant material and only $1500 for irrigation..... is this a typo? From the looks of the breakdown that you provided you should have at least another $14K to $15K in irrigation expense!

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 931

    Well, here's what's going to happen. The company who gets the job will put in 1 1/2" - 2" trees, 4" liriope, Lorepetulum @ 3 gal, etc. If the specs called for X amount of topsoil, it will not happen. Staking system will include grade stakes and twine. Irrigation will be so poor that without rain plants will die (even if there is a design it won't be followed). I could go on and on. The winning bid will be under 25K, probably under 20. I don't even bid these jobs anymore. Developers don't care and neither do the contractors, bottom line is what matters. Good luck to you.
  8. CALandscapes

    CALandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 946

    You hit the nail on the head with those comments...

    Bid work is for the birds.............. :hammerhead:

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