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Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by soldier2184, Oct 16, 2010.

  1. soldier2184

    soldier2184 LawnSite Member
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    how would i price a job that involves installing a paver patio around a kidney shaped pool thats 3500 square feet and back fillig a foundation all flat and sloping at the top and digging a 8'x4'x5' hole i need to know how to price this out to bid on it and what i should charge per hour for equipment and labor and gas and what it usually cost to do a job like this
     
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'll try to get you started. First you need to get your materials in order. Price your pavers, decomp granite and bedding sand. Next what equipment do you have or need to rent. Bobcat, vibe compactor, gas cut off saw, maybe even a trackhoe for the hole, dump truck. This is really a big job if you don't do pavers and excavating on a regular basis.
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  3. soldier2184

    soldier2184 LawnSite Member
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    i have done it before when i worked for a company now that im on my own i dont know how to price it i never did estimates
     
  4. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Having the necessary equipment I would price it 7 ~8 dollars a sq ft including digging that hole. What is the hole for by the way?
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  5. jonesy5149

    jonesy5149 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
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    :nono::nono::nono::nono::nono::nono::nono:

    Ya do not price per sq ft you will lose out... only if you add a big ( what if) # in it.. what you need is man hr # to cover your cost...over head bla bla blah and then the cost of the equipment and time to do all this in.. are you doing warrantee on this.. pools are tricky if you are in the north..and what did they back fill with? i do 30$ a hr and times it by 1.3 that being my overhead and all that jazz then figure what you need for hrs on equipment and then factor all that in.. cost+equipment+time=quote i would start about 43k
     
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I stand by my figure as I have the equipment. What is the what if with pavers on virgin ground. The only variable is the style of paver. 28 to 30k max
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  7. jonesy5149

    jonesy5149 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
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    so tell me patiot you do not charge out your own equipment.. what do you do wen it is time to replace it?????
     
  8. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's built into my price. I don't break it down to the customer if that is what you are asking. My dump and bobcat have paid for themselves many times over. This is 2 days work tops. Might take northern guys a little longer digging in clay. Pricing by sq ft is easier for customers to understand. I called a couple of peers and posed it to them. I was right in the middle of estimates.
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  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    On the backfill note I assume the material is left from the excavation from the house and pool. This is a new build right? I am still trying to figure out the 8x4x5 hole.
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  10. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thats probably what it would cost you to do the job....how bout some profit?
     

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