Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Oscapes, May 16, 2005.

  1. Oscapes

    Oscapes LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 60

    I know how to install retaining walls, but I am so clueless about how to estimate jobs.

    Do you charge per man hour + material cost? Do you charge per square ft? Some say face ft. What is face ft? Do you mark up the material cost?

    I need an experienced person's advice.
  2. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    double the labor rate an double the material cost . never lose a nickel its called making money .if you dont do that good luck in the future when ya get good an everyone knows the type of work ya do . then you can set your price . 12 years ago when i started my company i was doing mulch jobs for 150 to 250 a piece now days them jobs are never less tha 750 to 800 a piece . base your business on quality work not by being the cheapest guy out there!!

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