Help with Pricing landscaping job

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by jdigreg2, May 30, 2008.

  1. jdigreg2

    jdigreg2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    Hi everyone, i recently got a landscaping job and i am having trouble figuring a labor price to tell the man. Below is a summary of the work:

    -Create an approx. 14 X 3 curvy bed in the front of home out of lawn
    -Remove medium size tree (8 in. diameter) and roots and dispose
    -Turn soil and add peet top soil etc. with some minor leveling.
    -Stacked brick retaining wall around bed 2 bricks high. (higher around edge to level)(customer wants bricks sitting on buried cinder blocks for stability so a 1 ft trench will need to be dug).
    -pick up and planting of 1 rose bush, 1 butterfly bush, 3 spruce, 6 juniper a couple other shrubs and a few flats of impatiens.
    -Mulch area

    If anyone could help me decide on a labor price for this work i would greatly appreciate it. I'm thinking somewhere around 1000 but I'm not sure. I don't want to overprice and loose the customer.
  2. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    1000.00 for the labor sounds about right. don't forget to mark up your materials.
  3. jdigreg2

    jdigreg2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    thanks alot JNyz. The customer seemed ok with that price. Pricing is the hardest thing for me especially being 18 and have only a few years experience

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 777

    i think 1000.00 woukd be my 60% deposit. i could be way of but i think i would be at almost 500 on plant material just my .02 good luck
  5. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    he was asking for a labor price. he is 18 years old and should be able to comlete this in two days. that is over 60.00/hour which is a fair rate. a lot of you are working for less.
  6. k911lowe

    k911lowe LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    i is a good price.

    STRINGALATION LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 777

    the way he responded i thought that was his entire price he said the customer was ok with that price. i think the grand plus materials and markup is where i would be. but he replied like he got excited and forgot. he was reminded to not forget but he may have.

    i hate to see some one do what i have done before and be working for free or very little or as with one case of mine my help made more than i did because i helped pay to get it done. so belive me no arrogance or attitude here i just like to put it out therre and help if i can
  8. h400exinfl

    h400exinfl LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 106

    Other than removing 1 tree and some sod the whole job is install. If you are not a full fledged licensed/insured landscaper then I would charge around 2.25 - 2.5 times materials for this job, so I guess labor is 1.25 - 1.5 times materials.

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