Big Landscaping job, need help on estimate..PICS SOON!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by DillonsLawnCare, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. DillonsLawnCare

    DillonsLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,100

    hey guys, i just got a pretty big landscaping job. i need a few pointers and some help on the quote.

    I already mow the yard, and it is an acre lot.

    The man has already had a landscaper for the past several years service his landscapes once a year. He told me that the guy aerated, seeded, mulched, trimmed hedges, and hauled off waste for $1200.00....
    So im thinking i can get some good $$$$ on this.

    This is what he wants done....

    --Mulching-- He wants me to lay mulch down around about 7 trees, and he wants me to make new mulching beds around electrical boxes/units, and two other fairly large spots. The other two, i will be putting mulch around like 4 trees that are all clustered together. I will put some sort of retaining wall, because it's on top of a hill. He has already picked out the certain brick he wants down.

    --Trimming of hedges-- (6 crepe myrtles and about 10 regular bushes)

    --Seeding--1 acre with fescue blend. broadcast spreader will be used.

    --Monkey grass--Removal of about 10 individual plants of monkey grass. some are pretty large.

    --Spraying-- ill be spraying the newly mulched areas before i put the mulch down, in order to kill the grass. and then spraying some kind of weed killer around beds.

    --Hauling off waste-- Then i will have to haul it off.

    My quote that came up with is: $1150 before i buy the bricks for the borders.

    I will post pictures up Tomorrow afternoon.

    My question: What to charge??:confused:

  2. Isobel

    Isobel LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 548

    In hopes that you can get more $$$$ out of this client, I would even say go down a little bit more, maybe $1100, and then if he has you back the following years up the prices a bit more. That way at the very least he might tell other people that you giving people good prices...
  3. davis45

    davis45 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 985

    Didn't you just answer your own question?
  4. KS_Grasscutter

    KS_Grasscutter LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,335

    Not adding much here, but you got over $400 for the seed if you do it right (5lbs/thousand SF). Plus all the other stuff, your price may be a little low.
  5. NNJLandman

    NNJLandman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,306

    $1500.00...make some extra bucks, do a better job. Everyones expenses go up every year hence im sure material, operating costs for you did to.

    Reguardless, I know my material/overhead but I always like to add an extra hour of work or "mulch" into the price so if I get the job, I'm prepared for overages and if it works out that I complete it faster or cheaper then I suspect I can usually discount the final bill which most customers really appreciate.

  6. pj550v12

    pj550v12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 302

    Sounds low to me. Tell us, what materials are gooing to cost, seed, mulch, herbicide
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    The retaining wall is going to consume most of your estimate.

    1st question, - How many feet long, and how many block high is the retaining wall going to be????? Also, have you installed one before. If not, do your homework before you go into it. If you do it right the first time, it will last for years, do it wrong and it will look crappy next year.

    2nd- Are you licened to apply chemicals, if your not, I wouldn't suggest doing any spraying.

    If you take the time to remove the sod from the new beds, do a good job on the retaining wall, ect.... Then your final bill could go at or exceed 2000 dollars.

    Try to get your numbers together and post them. Like I said, The wall will bite you if you don't figure it right.
  8. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    Yeah I agree. Sounds too low, if the other guy charged to service the landscape for $1,200. If you have to install NEW beds and remove old plantings and what not from existing beds I would probably quote 5-6 hundred higher.
  9. BillyRgn

    BillyRgn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    maybe i am missing something, but it says you are going to seed an acre with a broadcast spreader? does this mean you are aerating and then running it over with the spreader, if so are you renting a machine, or do you have one ?? because if you are doing that to an acre ,i think the price is extremly low.
  10. AJ Lawnscapes

    AJ Lawnscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 322 year ago I would have done the same, probably for the same and lost my azz on it and thought that I sucked at pricing.

    Mulch -- 10 yards @ $35/yd = $350
    Labor @ $65/hr for 16 hours =1040
    Seed - 2x50lb bags @ $99/bag = 200
    Sod cutter for new bed - 1 day @ 75 = $100 (travel to/fro rental store, time)(no spraying needed, just cut them out and dispose of the sod)
    Aerator for one day @75=135 (fuel, travel to/fro rental store, time)
    Slit seeder for oneday@75=135(same)
    Rockborder @$7/Lineal foot * X feet = $XXX + delivery charge marked up 10%
    Trimming Hedges $8/hr for your equipments time = $XX

    Disposal = $100/truck

    You should be charging around $1800-$2500
    Hell, the Aeration and Slitseedings is a days work in itself and that should run at least $1200.

    But you also have to stand by your price, in that I mean your quality. If you charge alot and talk yourself up, you must live up to it. It's all about the details. Pay attention to them, and do the job right, not half azzed

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