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Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by livingreen1, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. livingreen1

    livingreen1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I know some of you guys here do nice work and I am sure are compensated well. My question is how much above your costs arte you all getting. I have almost completed my first retaining wall and I am having trouble finding a happy medium to charge. The customer is basically said I know it wont be cheap just do it and send me the bill. Any help would be great. Thanks
  2. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    you should not operate like that, your just playing with fire and waiting to get burned, you should have discussed price and given him a written estimate followed up with a signed contract before you even started the wall, then you wouldnt be asking this question.
  3. livingreen1

    livingreen1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Thanks but that does not help any. I need not to get burned this is my first hardsape project and it has turned out well. So help a fellow landscaper out.
  4. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    Figure your direct overhead........monthly expenses.

    Then figure, realisticly, what equipment you plan/need to purchase in the future and add that into your overhead.

    Once you know what it costs for you to say you're in business each day you will see what you need to charge on a daily basis.

    Also, probably nobody is going to tell you how much money they are making on a job. Everybody's overhead is different and its most often not understood because most people are blind.
  5. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,051

    I have to make $45-40 per man hour on all my projects to cover overhead and make a profit, + any direct costs related to the job (gas,materials,deliveries,paint,strings wear and tear on diamond blade, etc.
  6. livingreen1

    livingreen1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Thanks for the help
  7. richallseasons

    richallseasons LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    ok so you must have a running tally of all your expenses and I assume that you have a total of the hours that you have worked on this project correct, do you have any employees or did you have paid help? take everything and ad it together then double it taking into acount what you would pay yourself per hour, is that enough money for you to feel good about if not triple it, hows that? keep the formula simple this time and just make some money but next time figure out what you need as a contractor to make as we are all different. Take into acount things like insurance and equipment and help ect. .....you'll figure it out.

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