My first landscaping bid

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Daleman, Mar 25, 2003.

  1. Daleman

    Daleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    Ok I am almost ready to mail out my first landscaping bid to customer. Just wanted to see what you guys thought. The job by the way was to level off two areas of a yard (93' X 44' by 8" and 50 X 49' by 4". And to seed the areas.)

    8 loads of black dirt (16-18 yds each) $1400
    Seed $100
    Straw $20
    Bob Cat Rental (2 days, may take 1) $456
    My Profit (Hopefully) $500

    Total Estimate 2,476

    The loads of dirt cost 175 each
    Also if I can get done with bobcat in one day I'll make an extra 228

    Let me know what you think?
  2. ConPro

    ConPro LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    Quadruple seed cost, always law extra. Plus you'll have to go back and reseed bare spots.
  3. PAPS

    PAPS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 404

    Here's my estimate based on your materials:

    1. Topsoil installed/graded.
    = 8 trucks @ 17 yards = 136 yards = $7500.00

    2. Seeding
    = 75 lbs (to cover 6600sq.) = $300.00

    3. Hay
    = (12) bales = $180.00

    TOTAL : $7980.00
  4. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,171

    All areas are different and I would have to see it, but for me to bid that job would be:

    average 6" deep x square footage (6550 sq ' ) = 126 yards

    126 yards = $3150.00

    seed = 150.00

    equipment and labor = $1000.00

    Total = $4300.00
  5. Daleman

    Daleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    no guys I put the total price of dirt in its 1400, where are you guys getting 3,000 from?
  6. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    are u saying 144 yds of soil? 8 "loads" each equaling 16-18 yds, is around 144 yds. your profit is $500? dale, run, dont walk away from this one.
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    by the way, paps came in about same as i would.
  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    dale, sorry dude, we were just talkin and i got booted, now my instant messages wont work. ill catch ya when i can get thru
  9. Daleman

    Daleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    do you guys break up materials pricing like dirt, seed, etc or lump together?

    do you separate materials from labor?
  10. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    I think these guys are quoting an installed price for the topsoil. If I were you I would never price a labor and materials job on just your labor. $500 for two days hard work leaves just too much for chance. If the job turns out to be a pain in the arse, you could be busting your hump for 4 or 5 days for minimum wage, or even worse, taking a loss. Listen to these guys, they know what they're talking about.

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