1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community in the Franchising forum .

    Dismiss Notice


Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by lawnguy224, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. lawnguy224

    lawnguy224 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94


    I need some help with a difficult estimate. I have a customer that would like approx 2 inches of new topsoil in his back yard, raked and leveled and seeded.

    The problem is it is almost impossible to get into the back yard. I can have the soil put in the driveway, to get to the back yard there is a gate just big enough to get a wheel barrow through but they have a retaining wall that is about 5 feet tall to get up from the drive way then to the back yard. I will have to move the soil from the driveway, over the retaining wall and wheel it into the back yard. I figure I will likely have to use pails :hammerhead: from the driveway to the wheel barrow. I need to move approx 20 cubic yards of soil.:weightlifter:

    What would you charge???????

    I figured I would just charge my hourly rate X # of hours

    I figured I could move about 1 yard per hour, then 1-2 hours to rake and seed.

    Any feed back would be great
  2. ajslands

    ajslands LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,238

    I'd rent like a dingo Or a skid steer, and then just put the dirt in the wheel barrow and haul it on back, and ya you might get a little over spill but that's why someone invented tarps. For the charging part I have no idea!
    Posted via Mobile Device
  3. Craig3

    Craig3 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 151

    tell them to hire illegals/high school kids/boy scouts to get the dirt into the back yard, then to call you.
  4. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,505

    Can you remove part of the fence?
  5. lawnguy224

    lawnguy224 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 94

    I was thinking about taking down a section of fence

Share This Page