Removing Arborvitaes

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by mowin_n_tokin, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. mowin_n_tokin

    mowin_n_tokin LawnSite Member
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    I have a customer with 2 dead arborvitaes that're maybe 7-8 feet tall.

    She's asking how much to have them cut down and I'm not really sure how much to charge. I feel like it'd be a pretty dang quick and easy job, there's not a whole lot of brush or anything to clean up, I'd probably just chop them in half then cut as close to the ground as I can.

    I'm also thinking I could just get some tow straps and pull the suckers out, but I've never done anything like that before.

    My initial thoughts have been to charge $25 a piece and could have each down and loaded within 15 minutes, even less with tow straps. Total price of $50 and labor and cleanup maybe half an hour. Maybe add on an extra $10 for good measure.

    Too high, too low, just right?
     
  2. hal

    hal LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 1,674

    We just did this, 2 of them, we charge 75 a piece.
     
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  3. OP
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    mowin_n_tokin

    mowin_n_tokin LawnSite Member
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    How long did it take you guys? I'm just solo myself
     
  4. hal

    hal LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 1,674

    Maybe a half hour
     
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  5. OP
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    mowin_n_tokin

    mowin_n_tokin LawnSite Member
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    Power tools, hand tools or tow straps/wench?
     
  6. hal

    hal LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 1,674

    Used stihl kombe chain saw to cut them in half and de limb them, spade and prune roots, popped them out. 2 people.
     
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  7. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
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    Travel time, setup, actual removal, loading, disposal.

    You're talking a minimum of 2 hours. How much is your time worth?
     
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  8. hal

    hal LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 1,674

    This is true, we were there doing regular service and this was added.
     
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  9. Mac-s Lawn & Snow

    Mac-s Lawn & Snow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 232

    Arborvitaes are pretty easy to dig up. You should only need a good shovel and a pickaxe. Don't cut it down before you start and use the branches for leverage, dig around most of it and push it over. Usually the roots are the diameter of a pencil.
     
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  10. Mark Stark

    Mark Stark LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'd be at $100 each which would include disposal. Easy job for us but why sell yourself short? It's easy for us because we have experience, equipment, knowledge, strong workers, etc. Most clients CANT do this themselves. Or, if they did, it would take them wayyyy longer.

    Like I say, we'd likely be $200 for the pair and I think thats really fair. If we were only doing (1), we'd be $125-$150 since the trip to debris yard is the same regardless.
     
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