A quote question, but its a little detailed.....

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by rubiconlawn, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. rubiconlawn

    rubiconlawn LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 21


    Thanks for looking at this, yep, I'm new, blast away cause I deserve it but here it is anyway!

    300 sqft mulch beds installed 3hr @$40 = $120
    28' bed edging @$1/ft = $28
    3 cuyd mulch @ cost
    19 various per. plants @ cost
    plants installed 3hr @$40 = $120

    105 sqft paver walkway installed 8hr @$40 = $320
    Pavers, sand, dirt compactor rental, saw rental @ cost

    1750 sqft lawn installed
    21 cuyd topsoil delivered @ cost
    skidder rental 1day @ cost
    8hr @$40 = $320
    skidder rental 1day @ cost
    cultivator rental, roller rental 1day @ cost
    8hr @$40 = $320
    Grass seed, straw, straw blower rental 1day @ cost
    8hr @$40 = $320

    Travel time and expenses 12 mile round trip x 10 @ $80

    $320 x 5 = $1600 + $28 = $1628 for approx 40hr wk with client getting
    all materials and rental charges at cost. Guesstimate $3600 - $3750 total.

    The reason the lawn is so small is they just built a house in the woods and
    want to start with just the "front yard" for right now.

    Let me know what you think about the amount of time, per hour charge, @ cost stuff, any thing at all.

    No, never done this before....hope to do it right and do it again for other
    folks in the future.

  2. forestfireguy

    forestfireguy LawnSite Senior Member
    from nj
    Messages: 601

    Seems light to me. Some things to consider.

    1...Are you going to warranty the plants, if so you need to allow for this in your pricing, the simplest method and not the most accurate it triple the cost on small items, this allows for one replacement and labor. It is again not too accurate.

    2...If you are buying wholesale then you should be marking things up, everything you can.

    3.... Your estimate seems short on the pavers, it can be done in a day but, you'll have to excavate for the base, compact before adding base, lay fabric, then base in 2 lifts of 3" each them scrred sand and lay pavers, then the real killer is the cuts...

    4......Your bed edging price is kinda high, not that it's a big deal since you have so little to do, but we get 45cents a foot for "refreshing" edges and 75 per foot for new work,

    Good luck
  3. rubiconlawn

    rubiconlawn LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 21

    Thanks for the advice,

    I decided to make a few changes to the quote and I found a sub-contractor that I checked out for the paver walkway so I think I will be a little more comfortable with the overall job and make a fair profit if the bid is accepted.

    Thanks for responding,

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