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What to charge for Shed Demo???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by N.TX, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. N.TX

    N.TX LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Posts: 473

    I have a lawn customer that asked if I would be willing to tear down a shed and I have no idea what to charge. If anyone has done this please help give me some numbers if you can.

    Size 20 X 15 on concrete foundation.....foundation will stay for a gazebo deal

    I was thinking it could be done in 1 day with a total of 2 guys including myself and I was planning on using a bobcat to knock it down then cut it up with a chainsaw and sawzalls. I am guessing dump fees will be around 150-250 bucks.
    I was thinking around $1000-1200 bucks please let me know what you think.

    Thanks in advance
  2. mnms0562000

    mnms0562000 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 43

    Charge by the hour, plus Bobcat rental, and dump fees.
  3. N.TX

    N.TX LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Posts: 473

    Well he just wants firm bid which can be good if it takes less time but I guess as long as I cover my expenses it will be ok....I wont lose and I will learn.
  4. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,142

    I could rip that down with me and a couple guys and load it in into the truck in a half day without a bobcat. I think you will definitely make good money if you charge them 1000-1200 and use a bobcat. Do you have a grapple bucket? You would make really good money if you had that. I don't know what they charge to get rid of construction debris around you but I can load my f350 dump with three 2x12's stacked up on top of the actually dump sides(can hold about 7-8 yards) and it costs me right around a hundred bucks. Depends on weight but thats what it is when loading mostly wood. I would assume that if what you are looking at is one story it would take probably 1 to 1 1/2 loads in my dump. Be careful you dont catch any nails with your chainsaws.
  5. W.L.M.

    W.L.M. LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 525

    Maybe look into getting a roll-off dumpster brought in?
  6. N.TX

    N.TX LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Posts: 473

    nepatsfan ...Do you think I should charge less than 1000 then. I dont want to over charge them. I have done lots of interior demo in construction but there have always been a dumpster ect...Dumpster is too expensive to rent for that. I just figure there is going to be several loads which I could haul off and unload on my landscape trailer or rent a dump for 75 bucks a day.
    Heres my guesstimate price breakdown

    250 Bucks Dump Fee @ 2 cents pound
    75 Dump Trailer
    150 Bobcat Fee
    600 Labor
    Total $1075
  7. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    I tore down a shed once. it was made of wood. however no floor.

    I used a chainsaw cut it halfway across the walls all way around, then used truck to pull it down onto itself, " man the dust was flying"

    this way it gave me access to roof. it loaded up prety well onto the trailer, almost 2 pieces. used the half sides to load on the sides of trailer to give me more room to load.

    took it in 2 loads. took me by myself about 1/2 to 3/4 of the day.
    to be honest it wasn't a bad job.

    I made it disapear for 750.00 there were NO dumping fees.

    Best of luck to you
  8. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,210

    one guy with a mini-x with thumb. Have the dumpster/s placed close enough and you could have it down in hours.
  9. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 694

    Do you have to worry about turf damage? I just think the skid is going to make a bigger mess. We took a 1 car garage down a couple yrs back. 2 guys 6 hrs and 2 trips to the dump. Done all by hand. Pulled it down and cut into sections and loaded on the trailer.Charged $1285.00. Bill them separate for dump because you will have more there than you think.

  10. N.TX

    N.TX LawnSite Senior Member
    from TEXAS
    Posts: 473

    Was the 1285 with the dump fees or before the dump fees. Also the only problem I can see about doing it all by hand is that the roof will be hard to get down and possibly dangerous. I figured it would be safer and easier with a bob cat or a backhoe.

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