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Landcape Estimate questions

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by emil35, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. emil35

    emil35 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 213


    I've been doing lawn care for quite some time now and am looking at getting into landscaping. I have a few jobs that want quotes, but I don't know what to do from this point on. I use to estimating lawn care quotes, not landscapes. I figure do a drawing (do I charge for that?), have the drawing approved, find the costs of the materials and add a percentage over the wholesale cost (not sure what that percentage should be?) and state an hourly labor rate...or do I have to quote a labor rate? I know these questions are probably dumb, but I want to get into landscaping and found a great deal on a dingo so I'm pretty much gonna do the work for the dingo to start and hopfully it will take off from there. Thanks in advance.
  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,899

    If your just gonna do the work for the dingo then you will have time to figure out all your mistakes.

    Hell I want a profit above the cost of expenses.
  3. cutthegrass

    cutthegrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    How do you charge for Sod if a pallet cost 225, what would you recommend for labor
  4. lpkatsavage

    lpkatsavage LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    if they go with me then i don't charge for the drawing but if they go with some one else you need to get paid for that time. also a real easy way to bid a landscape job until you get better at it is find out your material cost and double it, but this only works for installs with little prep work.

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