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Price of Retaining Walls

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by gstros2, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. gstros2

    gstros2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    How do you charge for a retaining wall? Do you charge by each block and then add the labor? If you do charge by the block, how much? Thank you!
     
  2. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,369

  3. gstros2

    gstros2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    pppppfffffffffffffffttttttttt.......hahahahahahahaha.....good one funny guy....sike haha
     
  4. klaf

    klaf LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    It all depends on the type of job. Each site will have different issues to deal with. How is the access, what type of block are you using, how high is the wall, do you need grid behind the wall.

    All of these things need to be accounted for and will differ from job to job. Retaining walls can be one of the hardest things to price. After doing a couple you will figure out your things you might have missed in your pricing. But I would advise against just giving a square foot price.
     
  5. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 585

    Material + time (only you can decide what that's worth) + overhead + profit.
    Every job is different, charging by the sq. ft. or by the block is not advisable.
     
  6. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 663

    I factor several things into the price for a wall:

    -How many square feet of block will be used for base course? (It takes a lot longer to install these blocks than the rest of the wall)
    -How many square feet of block will be used for the rest of the wall?
    -How much material needs to be excavated for the wall, how long will it ake to move it on site or to remove it from site?
    -If geogrid is needed how much additional soil needs to be excavated and reinstalled?
    -Time and materials for drain pipe and gravel behind the wall.
    -How long will it take to get the block from truck to wall? will it be moved there by hand or machine?
    -Is block cutting required? (more labor)
    -Will there be lawn repair?
    -Is the customer indecisive, likes to talk your ear off, extremely picky? Charge more.
     
  7. csl

    csl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 235

    i dont think i have enough fingers and toes to count how many times this question has been asked. PSU got it just right. how many factors do you have?????
     
  8. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    well what if it is the only job you will have for 3 weeks. you need to factor that in also.
     
  9. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,369

  10. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    5 bux less then the guy they just met with. how else do you plan on getting ahead in this business.
     

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