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Patio paver estimating help

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Akprocter, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Akprocter

    Akprocter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I am looking for some advice about estimating patio paver construction. I am fairly new to the bidding process for this type of work. I am figuring around $4.00 sq ft for the materials (using Belgard Cambridge cobbles @ 1.75 Sq Ft). I am just not sure how to bid the prep and install portion. One of my suppliers said he heard that $10-12 per sq ft (total of $14-16 sq ft total w/ materials) was the going rate, but that seems a bit high to me. Any advice in this area would be extremely helpful. I would like to get the job but I don't want to shoot myself in the foot either.
  2. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Does your supplier have a competitor and can you check their prices?

    Did you try looking here in the hardscape forum?

    They can grumble a bit when you go in there, but they're harmless.
    And good information....they're full of it.
  3. lukemelo216

    lukemelo216 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,267

    dont bid by the square foot. And I will tell you why. Type equipment photos into the search bar, and do the titles only. Look at ETWmans thread. Hes got a project going on doing a paver patio on a roof where materials need to be craned in etc etc. By the looks of it Id say the patio is in the 1000-1500 range. You need to sit down look at the job, what it requires, and then bid it from there. Because 1 job might be extremely difficult to access with machines, require a lot of cutting, lots of hand work, etc which might turn your sqft price into $20-25 or one where you have very few cuts, lots of space for machines, etc and could be at $12/sqft.
  4. Akprocter

    Akprocter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    Thanks for the advice guys. I have been bidding my jobs to this point on an individual basis and it seems to work (for the most part). I always consider the accessibility and degree of difficulty of the job. I guess what I am looking for is a solid baseline as a launching point for my estimates. I haven't done many patios so I am not as good at looking at a job and estimating the time it takes to complete one so I figured if I had an idea of the average cost of installation I could get a better idea of what I should charge to be competitive and not lose my shirt.
  5. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,142

    you seem to be in the range in my area but there are tons of factors.
  6. lukemelo216

    lukemelo216 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,267

    its just simply to tough to come up with a base price on pavers. Each type of stone will run a different price. Even if your using unilock, one product line will run $2.40/sf and the other will run $4.00 per sqft. You need to just bid each job as it comes like you have. But if you have dont patios you should have a general idea on time, and be able to bid those jobs some what accurate.

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