shrub removal estimate?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by lawn crafters, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. lawn crafters

    lawn crafters LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
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    i have 1 small rotodendrin 1 hedge, and the other 6 are 4ft tall by 3ft round and are all dead. what would you charge for this job if you could dump onsite.
    the customer wants it graded after and a edge made and scallopoed brick taken out also but just a estimate for the shrubs and tree
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just charge your hourly labor rate, especially if you can dump on site. I charge 45-55 an hour depending on the situation.

    Are you removing the root ball??? If so then it should take a couple of hours tops. Just removing the hedges to the ground and you can be done in 30 minutes. (Use a hand saw if you want to drag out the labor a little bit and not have to mess with a chain saw for a small job.)
     
  3. lawn crafters

    lawn crafters LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
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    im taking out the root so i can replant something else for him in the spring( hes paying ) but for now he wants its gone and graded evenly
     
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just charge labor then, you'll come out ok.

    Why did the bushes die in the first place??? Might want to consider a soil sample so anything you install won't die. It's a bonus, you up-sell and know exactly what your dealing with in the sprin, so everyone wins.

    I usually charge 15-40 dollars a sample. It all depends on how in depth I have the lab look into them, And I only do about 10-20 samples a year.
     
  5. lawn crafters

    lawn crafters LawnSite Senior Member
    from RI
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    they died from no water and the lco that trimmed them hacked um
     
  6. Lawnut101

    Lawnut101 LawnSite Silver Member
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    I agree. It is the most fair way to do it. If he still wants an estimate, well give him a high price.
     
  7. redfox033

    redfox033 LawnSite Member
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    I would tell him $55.00/hr. about 5-6 hours tops, if he has to have an estimate, then say $300.00, tell him you will put a 5.5 hour cap on it. If you do an estimate and get done early, cut him a break on the price and you will be guaranteed the job in the spring.
     
  8. I wouldnt tell him what you are charging an hour. Give him a total price for the job and if you are done an hour earlier, i agree, cut him a break. Don't tell him you will though. Then he will prob be dissapointed if it doesn't happen. Just my .02
     
  9. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
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    Myself doing a job of this nature would estimate how long the job should take me and then price it using a two block per day method. for example if I feel that I can get it done in 3 hours, assuming that I arive at 8 am and am done by 11 am will count that as the first 4 hour block from 8 to 12, say I get $100.00 per hour, then my price is $400.00 and I have time to grab lunch and get another small job done or started using the second 4 hour block from 1 to 5 or knock off early if that is enough money for you for one day.
     

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