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New Flower Bed Preperation??

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Holleys Landscaping, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. Holleys Landscaping

    Holleys Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    I received a packet of information to bid an apartment complex. I have everything else bid, but I need help on bidding "New flower bed preperation, includes soil & sod removal, soil installation, topsoil humus and fertilizer" Price is per square foot. Theres a lot of variables to this price thats the difficult part to it. Let me know what you guys think about how to go about pricing it or if you already have a rough price that you do it at. Thanks
     
  2. ALLPro Landscaping

    ALLPro Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 813

    whats the square feet of the project, whats the soil like, can you use the soil you all ready have their or do you need more soil, what are you going to use as a ground cover mulch etc, if your taking the old sod out, which not all the times you have to, you can just kill weight the needed time and till it in with the top soil, other wise just charge your hourly rate.
     
  3. weasel

    weasel LawnSite Member
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    Never had one for flower bed, but plenty of patio gardens 30 x 30 avg I usually avg it up using bagged product i.e 50lb bag fert, 50 lb bag topsoil humus or conditioner,etc then I look at the coverage that a bag will provide and get a list of materials this way. Then if I have bulk sources I'll re adjust the figure. Then I look at prep i.e sod removal,leveling, tilling, then the install of materials and how long Hourly it will take. Sometimes it's a crapshoot I always come out ahead in my estimate, but if I feel I overcharged I'll always give the cust. a credit adjustment back.
     
  4. ALLPro Landscaping

    ALLPro Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Weasel your a real honest guy for giving that credit for the job, I just take and run, other wise Id be out of buisness
     
  5. weasel

    weasel LawnSite Member
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    haha... At first I did just that.
     
  6. Holleys Landscaping

    Holleys Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    lmao...:cry:

    I have done that in the past, but a few times I feel like being a nice guy and giving them a credit.
     
  7. ALLPro Landscaping

    ALLPro Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 813

    LOL i thought so
     
  8. ALLPro Landscaping

    ALLPro Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 813

    well I guess now a days its not all that bad to help the customer save some money, I just hope the customer appreciates you
     
  9. Holleys Landscaping

    Holleys Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    There is not square foot figure given. This is a whole packet stuff to bid, like mowing, fertilizing, edging...But that helps ill just have to visit Home Depot and get some figures. oh and the soil is all clay around here (as far as I know), so it's going to be a pita to get that soil real perty
     
  10. Holleys Landscaping

    Holleys Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    oh if I dont expect the customer to appreciate the credit then I usually try to add on a surcharge!!:laugh:
     

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