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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bobbygedd, Mar 14, 2001.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    hi folks, i am splitting this job with another landscaper(whos just starting out)i was asked to do the estimate, and he insists my price seems outrageous, i told him its the going rate. could u guys give me a price on this: minimal prep, there is some mulch in the beds and they r a tad too high, so i will remove the mulch, there is no exsisting shrubbery, just remove the mulch, do some minor grading, and reedge the beds, a total of about 2 hrs, 2 men. then install:1 snowfountain cherry, my cost is $89, 2 goldthread cypress, my cost $44, 4 jap holly, my cost $88, 14 azaelas, my cost , $196, 2 hostas at $26, 6 china girl holly at $132, 8 daylillies at $56, 3 and a half ton of stone at $33 per ton, weedblock and pre emergence, at $60, peat moss at $20. thanks guys. the area is new jersey, upper middle class
  2. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 1,277

    Ok. Here are some assumptions I made:

    You have to have a pesticide app license in NJ,

    you are using about 1000 sqft of fabric,

    The mulch, regrade and reedge will take more than 2 hrs,

    You only have to drive to 1 nursery to pick up the plants and peat moss,

    You're picking up the stone yourself.

    That being assumed and not knowing the exact situation of this customer/site, or some of the costs that might be higher in NJ than in WI, we'd come in around $2-2.5K.

    Hope this helps.

  3. LScom Addict

    LScom Addict LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    I would have estimated this project at $3200.
  4. kermit

    kermit LawnSite Member
    Posts: 138

    I'd say $2000-$2500 but I'd sure like to be able to get $3500!
  5. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Posts: 10,178

    wow, maybe im a bit too low, thought i got a nice days pay at $1900. thanks for yur help guys. how bout on this one: 13 tons of bluestone(that crappy looking stuff some people use for driveways)cost of material was $260, no wheelbarrowing, just dump and rake to spread it. 3 trips to pick it up
  6. LScom Addict

    LScom Addict LawnSite Member
    Posts: 90

    I would mark the stone up to $30 per yard for $390. I have a friend who I sub skidsteer work out to, and he charges $100 per day up to 8 hrs. I would give a buffer of 2 hrs for this job with 2 men or (4 man hours) = $90. I am also adding an hour per deliverery for traffic time. We can be from the gravel pit to just about anywhere in our town in 30 minutes. At 3 man hours = $65. My bid for this job would be $650.
  7. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,662

    $2200 for the installation.
    $560 for the driveway.

    Good Luck this season!
  8. lawnboy11

    lawnboy11 Banned
    Posts: 181

    Have the stone delivered=no trips, charge customer.
    Landscape job= $2400, stone =$625
  9. Henry

    Henry LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 549

    How far from NJ is Owego, NY? If I could could pay someone $100 a day to run his own skidsteer I'll sell mine. Does this guy live in that machine?
  10. Eric Mortilla

    Eric Mortilla LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    i came up with 1900 aboslute loweast price if i liked the guy would have started at 2200 and let him negotiate

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