Is this quote in the money?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Grzube, Apr 6, 2007.

  1. Grzube

    Grzube LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Hey there guys, we just started to get onto hardscaping, one of our customers has a uni-stone driveway, and at the end by the cement curb, there 2 dips, the size is 20x10 ft, will need to remove all the stone, re-level and compact, reinstall, I quoted $495, so in or out of the money?
  2. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    I would have been around 6-800
  3. dchauling

    dchauling LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    We charge $6 sq ft for a re-lay. So $1200 for us or we walk, and that is in money tight Winnipeg. Out of around 20 re-lays we only lost 3 or 4 we bid on last year. Just sell yourself right.
  4. Grzube

    Grzube LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    The original estimate was around $1100, I figured it would take about 12-15 hours solo @$65/hr, but we want to build up a reputation in this area, the next estimate will be higher.
  5. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Just be aware that if you are removing brick from the center of the driveway, you may have one he!! of a time getting the brick to go exactly in place where it was intended. If you are removing from center to end it won't be so bad, but if in the middle, watch out.
  6. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    Do it for $900
  7. Foz

    Foz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    We get between $8 and $10 per SF for relay work. Our price minimum for 200 SF would have been $1,600.00. You will get a reputaion for sure........CHEAP! Definitely not a reputation you want in this business.

    Don't start with a reputation for being the cheapest or you will always be known as the cheapest. I would rather be known for being a little expensive but good & worth the $$
  8. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498


    Perhaps you need to excavate and install a new, thicker base.
  9. Grzube

    Grzube LawnSite Member
    Messages: 61

    Thanks guys!, from now on I will estimate at $10-15/sqft.
  10. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    So, the original estimate was $1100, and you are doing it for $495?
    Man, you gave away ALOT of money. Just think what you can buy with $600.... Hopefully lesson learned from that one!

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