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Simple question

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by tthomass, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,496

    I have seen where many charge per sq foot.......I do more by the job and whats involved but I've got a question.

    Use flagstone set in mortar..........$25 per sq ft seems to be what a lot are charging. What is it that is included?

    If its 100 sq ft is the total price of the job $2500 including all material (#57, concrete, mortar, stone, labor, gas, framing etc)?

    Or do you tend to price it at $2500 + "x"?

    I'm trying to get a square footage system going.
     
  2. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    I can give estimates based on square foot price. but i always submit a proposal based on time and materials.
     
  3. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,496

    i'm just trying to come up with a more consistant way to bid my jobs
     
  4. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    Sq ft pricing is good for weeding out those who are shopping.I can not have the same costs as a company doing 3 mil a year so therfore I cannot have the same pricing methods
     
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Posts: 3,496

    After punching #'s..............$25sq ft is cheap and not to be bragging but for the quality product I deliver I cannot see going under $30sq ft and that is for a sqaure flat easy access patio.

    What I am trying to accomplish and coming to by crunching more and more #'s is to get an idea of a square footage price for different jobs and then on top of that take into account special material, access, difficulty etc.
     
  6. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Posts: 601

    I have not done estimates since I was in business for myself years ago, but don't all the "industry genius" types push labor hours when estimating? Then add materials, machine time etc......
     
  7. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 837

    I use a spreadsheet, sort of like a checklist in the field, then punch it in at home to do the quote. Its time and materials; and thats the only way to go.

    One thing I do when quoting walls is give them the price for the actual wall and put an inside and outside figures on the earthworks/prep work.

    If you build your spreadsheet up from all things you missed and screwed up on previous jobs it becomes a very powerful quoting tool.
     

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