Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by outcold00, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. outcold00

    outcold00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    i know this really isn't in the landscaping category, but I'm 17, and do a lot of odds and ends, along with landscaping for clients, so i have a client who wants me to power wash and stain his deck, I'm going to be using his equipment, i don't have measurements now but will get them soon, but I'm just wondering if any of you might have a ball park of what to charge for square footage? like 20 or 30 .thank you
  2. jason9696

    jason9696 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    Roughly how big of a deck is it? Are there rails?
  3. outcold00

    outcold00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    umm, there are rails, on one side of the deck, its right beside a pool, i'd say its roughly 15 feet, wide, by 50 feet long
  4. Equalizer

    Equalizer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    I did a LOT of these jobs a few years ago and im 19 now so I was about the same age. Depending on how many rails there are (they are a PITA!!) that is what is going to take you the most time. I would charge at least 450 as it will take you at least 2 days if he doesnt own a good powerful powerwasher, and as long as you dont have to go buy the stain, (big $$$ for that). But you also have to take into account driving distance etc... But personally I wouldnt charge anything less then at least 450-500 it not a little more. Just my 2 cents. Hope that helps
  5. squirtgun

    squirtgun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    Guestimating sq footage.I would bid this at approx $975 to $1200.This is a rough price range without actual measurements and pics.

    That price would include strip,wash,neutralize and stain.It's would take us a couple of hours to strip,wash(500 psi) and neutralize wait for wood to reach proper moisture content(10% - 12%)2 or 3 dry days.3 to 5 hours to stain with oil based stain.

    There is a lot more to doing a deck than balsting the snot out of it and throwing stain on it.
  6. SongBird LawnCare

    SongBird LawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    very interesting information there..

    i'm glad i didn't do a job i had offered last year..

    something didn't seem right about just blasting the deck and throwing on stain..

    but i may of been wrong..
  7. squirtgun

    squirtgun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    I don't mean for it to sound harsh.

    The methods we use are industry standard for pressure washing and wood restoration companies.Pressure washing is what we do and while I don't discourage anyone else for doing it as an add on sevice.I do encourage them to learn proper techniques and proper pricing structures.
    The price I listed above is assuming there is an existing oil based stain not water based or a solid acrylic.The price to remove those or prep them for recoat is much,much higher.
  8. outcold00

    outcold00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    do you guys think i could get $500 to do that? even if i am 17 is that reasonable? i mean i like the numbers there and i have powerwashed and stained decks and chairs before
  9. squirtgun

    squirtgun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    $500 is one heck of a deal for the homeowner.

    Good luck!
  10. outcold00

    outcold00 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    i went over and took some pics and measured actually i guessed really close to it, it was 48 feet long and 15 feet wide, the one part of the deck where the enclosed flower bed is, its 23 feet wide, theres about 29 feet of benchs too, im not a professional, but i know i can do that job, i just want to know a reasonable amount thx



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