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Charge for digging house footings

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by farmer1157, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. farmer1157

    farmer1157 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 29

    Do you charge by the sq ft of the house, or flat rate, or by hour.
  2. bobcat_ron

    bobcat_ron LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,131

    Hourly rate, you never know what's under there, could be straight dirt or an old Indian burial ground and it might conjure up a Poltergeist and swallow the hole house up in the future.
  3. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,245

    I have done all three.
  4. stuvecorp

    stuvecorp LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,245

    BC Ron, do you think thats what happened to your 190? It got possessed?
  5. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,454

    If you have been doing it awhile and are working in familiar territory, bid the job. If you in an unfamiliar area, work it by the hour.......the safest way to go is hourly. When you bid, it is not just the per foot or sq ft price but all the "safety net" verbage in your contract that will either make you or break you.....
  6. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Messages: 4,281

    Here it is charged by the foot.
    Not the right way too do it but that is what the Contractors expect too pay.
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    I'am with Ron on you never know whats under the ground. You could be digging along and its coming out slicker than **** and you hit the rock of Gilbralter.

    I do agree if you are in a subdivision or a area that you know that has easy digging material then you can probably bid the job.
  8. ksss

    ksss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,151

    Here it is by the square foot. We don't see a lot of houses here that are slab on grade, most are either full basement foundation or crawl space. The issue with by the hour is the contractor really does not know what his costs are unless the excavator and contractor are really tight. The square foot price makes it easy the contractor to bid and know what his costs are. As far as unforseen issues with rock or water, the guys that I do work for acknowledge that the square foot price is the price for a no issues dig. Anything other than that will cost more money.
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    Usually the excavation contractor that cleared the land will be doing the house site so digging the basement if they can get a basement. Most cases the foundation is stepped with no real useable basement. Some jobs it can take a full 8 hour day to dig the foundation and some extremes 2-3 days. It is a average 2000-2500 square foot house but the way the property is it can be lots of benching. If blasting is required then you can add a couple day delay to the project. A geotech engineer may have to come to the site so more delays.

    Most contractors here usually expect atleast 1.5 days for a house foundation. The engineers (brain surgeons) that can't make up their mind love drawing out a project unnessarly long.

    On edit

    If you do find indian artifacts on your property and the local indian band find out you might aswell hand over the deed to your property to them because the project is stopped untill they so a site survey and study on your property to see if it was one of their ancesteral sites. If it is you are done like last nights dinner.
  10. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    KSSS nailed it. If you're working for someone who needs a hard number, the square footage route is the way to go, assuming everything goes well and you don't find any rock. With this method, as well as a hard bid, there should always be a clause in the contract stating that the bid does not include any encounters you may find. By the hour is the safest way, obviously, and if the end customer can afford whatever the price ends up being, go for it. I've done bid and hourly, I've never bid square footage but I can see it's advantages for certain customers.

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