New guy to ponds pricing help!

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by crevinalandscapingllc, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. crevinalandscapingllc

    crevinalandscapingllc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    Hi guys a customer is looking for a 8x11 roughly pond. Pretty basic single tear and with a linear not the plastic crap. Any ideas on how much something like that would go for roughly?
  2. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,221

    No way anyone can answer this. Too many variables.
  3. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,749

    You can go on line to a pond building materials website and price everything. You need to know your depths and configuration among other things. They also have pics of completed ponds to give you some ideas.
  4. truenorthlandscaping

    truenorthlandscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 155

    Big picture, starting at around $5,200 +. Variables include access, depth of pond, length of stream, type of stone, fish/plant package, landscaping around pond, etc. If just the pond, 3 shelves, 24" deep max., waterfall set on or w/in 2' of the edge of pond, just mulch around, & minimal retentive stone work around edges/backside of falls, then in that $5,200-$5,500 range, again assuming good to decent access. This would be an Aquascapes kit w/a 2000-4000 GPH variable remote pump. Hope this helps.
    Ponds are a lot of work if you're going to build them functional AND natural looking. If you fail at one of these, it will be the worst money your Client ever spent. If you succeed at both of these AND you make money, they'll regret not having a water feature built sooner!
  5. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,115

    I never understand this, If you have never built one before, why are you trying to do this professionally?

    Would you try to build a house having never done it before?
    How about a Car, would you just willy nilly start off building cars and selling them to people?

    The correct answer is you don't offer this service, because you don't know how.

    The options are:
    Refer someone who does
    Tell the customer you dont do ponds
    Sub the work to someone else.

    If you choose to sub the work, this is the best way to learn, you are still involved in the process as you are the chief contractor and contact with the client, but you are using someone who is experienced in building (and pricing) ponds/water features.

    After doing several ponds (6-10) subbing it this way, you can then take a stab at doing it on your own, the next time one comes up.
  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,565

    You have to start somewhere. I don't sub work like that out, but have friends that could help me
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  7. n2h20

    n2h20 LawnSite Senior Member
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    A majority of my business is repairing or replacing ponds built by pool companies, gardeners, do it yourselfers and even landscape companies. Great for me bad for the homeowner. There is ALOT more to building a pond than watching a video and reading a magazine or book. A 8'x11' pond is a good sized pond and alot can wrong if you do not know what you are doing. There is a ton of questions you need to ask the client and yourself before you say you can build a pond. I would suggest subbing it out to a local pond company or an experience LS company.
    If you do, do it yourself do yourself a favor and stay away from Aquascape products.
  8. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
    Messages: 1,585

    You need to give way more info
    We have been doing ponds for over 15 years and digging is the easy part making it look natural is the hard part
    Yes stay away from aqua scape products
  9. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,174

    Why are you telling them to stay away from ADI (aquascape) products? Pricing is expensaive is my only problem. They do have a lot of good learning tools.
  10. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
    Messages: 1,585

    If you are putting koi in a pond
    Rocks on the bottom are a no no they collect all the waste and will harm fish
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