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Drip Irrigation Pricing

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by MrH117, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. MrH117

    MrH117 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Anyone have any tips on pricing out drip systems? I'm thinking about adding this to my landscaping business. Since the material costs are so much lower than regular irrigation it doesn't seem worth it to use the material costX3 method.
  2. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,654

    I tend to go by a modified zone dollar amount. That's sort of like saying that to do the work you're going to charge a base price, and then adjust it.

    You may want to figure out something like $$$ for installing one drip zone, then modify that up or down depending upon expense and how difficult the zone is. For example, if you have to run wires or a line under a sidewalk, run several laterals or an extra long length, or install a module in a controller, then you would want to bump up the price a bit. But on the other hand, you could give the client a break for a very simple, short, and straightforward zone, such as one where an extra pair of controller wires happen to be right where you'll be installing the valve, etc.
  3. Midlo Snow Maker

    Midlo Snow Maker LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    landscapers doing irrigation = drip system:rolleyes:
  4. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    Sigh....always w/ the pricing threads.....costx3? WTF?

    Figure out your costs for that job..parts, rentals, labor etc....figure out your daily overhead costs....figure out...oh fu^& it...why do I bother.....

    Seriously though...some of (us) need to take a business class and learn this crap....it isn't some friggin secret that all us irrigators are keeping to ourselves...

    How do you price a landscape job? How does a painter price a painting job? It is all the same.....basic business 101....jeeesh.

    Good luck to you.
  5. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Einstien said it best..........

    E=MC^2, where E=estimate, M=material, C=cost of labor
  6. BSME

    BSME LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 829

    I would love this pricing... for $50 labor and $25 materials..
    E = MC^2
    E = (25) * (50)^2
    E = (25) * (2500)
    E = $62,500

    not bad.. lets start a union and make this our minimum


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