Whats the going rate for an engineer?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by alexschultz1, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Im just checking on prices. My guy charges $800 per retaining wall up to 100'.
     
  2. Impact-Vector

    Impact-Vector LawnSite Member
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    In Atl that's a good deal.

    Most times I see around $1300 as a starting point.
     
  3. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You want his number? He's based over in Woodstock but travels if he needs to
     
  4. PaperCutter

    PaperCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's a great price. Treat him well!
     
  5. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Agreed. That's pretty cheap. Keep using him! My guy would charge about double that.
     
  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
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    But only by rail :)
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  7. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have an engineer that usually charges $700 to $800 for engineering retaining walls and he does all our walls.

    Real simple - he works as an engineer for a HUGE, INTERNATIONAL, construction company full time. And has a moonlighting engineering business on the side.



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  8. Drakeslayer

    Drakeslayer LawnSite Member
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    So you are hiring a lowballer?
     
  9. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    That's kinda an ignorant and non-productive comment. Typical of you.

    It's called smart business, buy smart and sell smart. Something many can't grasp, hence the reason most hardscapers don't make it longer than 5 yrs.......
     
  10. Drakeslayer

    Drakeslayer LawnSite Member
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    The reason most hardscapers go out of business in my market is because there is a very small market for hardscapers only. Most landscape companies these days will take a job from the design/planning stage all the way through to when the sod is laid. Yes there will be a sub or 2 on some larger projects but for the most part people these days want one stop shopping. I don't do commercial work but that market does sometimes separate hard and softscape. Most of those jobs are for a 1/3 of what I would charge. Different strokes as they say.
     

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