Price check in aisle 3

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Az Gardener, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    I just want t o be sure I am not taking advantage of a client. My profit seems a bit high on this job.

    Total materials cost was 8600, labor hrs were 116. I bid the job an based on an avg of 200 per light, 20-k total. I used good quality lights, copper Nightscape, a few Cast lights, and F/X bronze and copper. Two F/X transformers900-600 and tied into an existing F/X and an existing Nightscaping transformers.

    The only thing out of the ordinary is we did not have to do much digging as there were already trenches open. Lots of tree work though, 36 of the 100 were up in trees.

    Things are going well, I just don't want any bad Karma. I also want to get the going rate too. The client will pay whatever they trust me completely. I gave them ball park of 20-K and got a 10-K deposit. It was kind of a work in progress as they added and changed things along the way.

    A little help from the specialists please.
  2. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,214

    Hey there AZ. I hope they move this response as well as the post. You are charging a very fare price for the project in my opinion. Are you counting the time spent designing? How about trips to and from? Did you advertise to get the job?
  3. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    They are a regular maintenance client. As far as the design went it was all field placement. I wired in a few samples that I already had to see what effects/style they liked, had a night meeting made notes and flagged. Next day I lined out my guy. Went back two weeks later had another night meeting to review. They wanted to add a few more here and there and adjust a couple and that was it. For now any way. My time is included in the 116 MH. Thanks for the response.
  4. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,214

    For a project of 100 fixtures you should clear at least $10k. You are using very high end material and just because you lucked out and were able to use open ditches, doesn't mean you should make less money. Sometimes you get lucky and make a few extra bucks. Believe me, you will run up against several jobs that will require more work than you thought you would have and you will loose all of that money back. It all washes out after awhile. Sometimes you have a higher profit margin and sometimes it's less.
  5. extlights

    extlights LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 439

    To me, it seems a little low. If it were a standard installation (not that 100 fixtures is standard)......I think you're right on the money. I would probably be a bit higher due to so much tree work. 36 trees is A LOT of work, so something like this we're usually going to be in the 24-26K range.

    Sounds like a good project though. Good luck with it!
  6. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    never mind not going to reply. I think this thread should be removed. Your price is a bit low for dangerous tree work tho. Contractor costs on a project has no place in a public forum
  7. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    Sorry, you are probably right about the contractor pricing. The tree work was not high up, we did it all off a 6 ft. ladder.
  8. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    Price checks on aisle 1,2,3, and 4, do you know how price anything?:confused:
  9. drumbo

    drumbo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    Were you insulting him while writing a sentence with obvious errors?
    Now, that's funny! LOL

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