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prices for shoveling dirt

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by slowleak1, May 16, 2008.

  1. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532

    no idea what to charge, anyone got a price per yard figure or something like that? do yall factor in the distance you have to move it?
  2. vos

    vos LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    um shoveling dirt? do you mean like trash dirt as in stuff you have left over from working on a yard? or dress dirt the good stuff to make a yard look good? but either way per yard id figure 15 a yard if its good stuff if its bad stuff id figure 10 but you can play with that its just a newbies guess.
  3. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532

    no im talking good quality top soil to go in flower beds. need some prices asap
  4. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532


  5. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,641

    I dosen't matter to me what I am doing weather it be cleaning out beds or shoveling dirt or spreading mulch...I charge $50/hr labor...period
  6. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 551

    Estimate how long it will take you, and charge based on that for strictly labor jobs such as this one.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,197

    About $25/hr would be reasonable ......assuming you are a professional worker---in good shape.
  8. If I'm shoveling dirt, it means there's a lot of dirt. Don't confuse this with mulch - dirt sucks.....

    $100 an hour - period... If you can get it.. If the customer likes and trusts you, charge it.

    If they'll shop around, do it for what you're willing to make...
  9. slowleak1

    slowleak1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532

    well ive never done it and been paid before, plus its an older lady from church. dont wanna charge her too much. i estimate about an hour and a half to do it. thinking about just chrging her $50
  10. By the time you pay for your gas - assuming it's not too far away... Your under $25 an hour.

    That's simply not enough IMO

    Just my .02

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