What would you charge for this job?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by BandBLawncare, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. BandBLawncare

    BandBLawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    Apartment complex we cut wants 10 beds with 3 bushes each taken out and replaced with rock. We can dump on site in the woods so that is not a real issue. 2 man crew I have some pictures about 30 total bushes beds are 3 ft by 12 ft

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    next is removing 21 railroad ties used for parking and replacing them

    How much would you charge for the labor on each job Thanks for your help
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  2. BandBLawncare

    BandBLawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 368

    my guess was around 500 for labor
     
  3. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Labor time depends on how fast those shrubs come out. The ties will need to be dug out and the ground leveled out. Also If you can drive to dump the stone in the beds or if you have to wheel barrow it.
     
  4. BandBLawncare

    BandBLawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 368

    might pull the shrubs out with a four wheeler or truck, and I can drive up to the beds to dump the stone
     
  5. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Rip out the black edging dig it out a couple of inches add weed barrier also.
     
  6. lukemelo216

    lukemelo216 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just for those shrubs your talking probably about an entire day for demo and prep for the stone. You cant just go in and start ripping out. Need to get a locate, and if theres lines around there its going to be longer. Stone your looking at about 2 hours for install probably. Probably looking at 700-800 for demo and prep, and then another 200 for installing the stone (plus all materials.)

    For those railroad ties, your probably looking at the rest of that second day. So probably another 550-700 for that.
     
  7. jhouchins

    jhouchins LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Posts: 182

    He is about right on.

    I would be about $1,000 for labor. Rock and railroad ties aren't real fun to work with.

    $500 seems low.
     
  8. lukemelo216

    lukemelo216 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Exactly the stuff looks really simple and easy but someone who has dealt with this stuff before knows it isnt. Me, I always assume the worst is going to happen. If I was going to pull those bushes out with a loader, which is what my plan would be, my guys would first dig out all of the bushes, cut the roots (since we are right next to the building and a sidewalk. Then pull them out. Next you need to get the other roots out, then level the area back out. You will need to bring in some soil to level out the area just so you can prepare it for rock. Weed Fabric, then rock. i figure on about 3 hours per bed or so. That comes out to 30 hours for just the beds. Id be anywhere from 1300-1600 for labor on that plus materals. The railroad ties is about right $700 or so. Probably about a 2500 project or so with materials.
     

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