Need help bidding an irrigation/sprinkler system

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by BrightLeaf, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. BrightLeaf

    BrightLeaf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    800' of 1" pvc, 36 pop-up sprinklers, 7 drip sprayer heads, 2 control units with 2 zones on each, trenching everything. I have already installed this system as an entry to a residential community. I haven't billed the owner yet what should i charge. I am in murphy, nc. This is my first system and am in need of help!!

  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    It's usually customary to establish a price BEFORE work is started. Things can change based on what you run into and other necessary changes along the way have to be addressed but you need an established base price before agreeing to do the work.
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Materials + labor
  4. BrightLeaf

    BrightLeaf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    The owner is having us do his entire entry....doens't care what it cost. Told us to do the work and then bill him. He doesn't have time to be out trying to find the best deal. So what i am asking is how should i bill him and have it be fair for him and me. I have already spent $2000 in materials. Can someone give me an idea of how to charge for the turn key price.
  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    :confused: You did record hours spent right?
  6. BrightLeaf

    BrightLeaf LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    yes i recorded hours...but i don't bid jobs on my hours. Is $8000 too much? because that is what i was going to bid.
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    $6000 in labor to do that job? Yea, IMO that is too much for what was put in.
  8. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
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    Matarials + Markup + ManHours * Rate.

    Why 2 controllers with 2 zones each?

    ($2000 + Markup) + (ManHours * R) = $8000?

    I don't know your exact rates, so I can't solve that equation, but I can get close:

    I'm guessing a 50% markup over wholesale for parts, so that puts you at:

    $3000 + (ManHours * Rate) = $8000

    That leaves you at $5000 for your labor. I would wager it took 2 guys three days to trench and install and backfill 36 heads. Thats 48 man hours. Less if you were just roughing it in, and didn't have to clean up afterwards.


    $5000 / 48 = Rate

    Rate = $104

    Your charging too much, or your taking way to long.
  9. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    so you think he should do this job for free 2k in materials and 6k in labor for a 8k total. i dont know about you but i dont work for free. what a stuipd thing to say . i would say 8 is on the high side with 6 on the low side. go for $6872.00 sounds good to me
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Lost you there bud. Who said anything about working for free? Charge a fair price for the work that was done. Given this was his first installed system, I dare say charging a premium for labor is not right. Set your rates based on the experience you have. An experienced crew probably could have done the job in half the time.

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