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We did the grunt work - now what to charge?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by meets1, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,855

    I started with the base course, elevation and got the boys rollen. 2 people, 2 days. Versa lock block, 82 pounders laid 200 blocks for a square window well. Caps on top. We had to dig 1/2 of the area out which took the longest and the first course, from there (2nd day) it went pretty fast. Do I charge these guys our hourly rate, per sq ft of wall?? Ususally I have the block, sell the block and then lay it but this time the owners took the middle man out of the equation!
  2. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    hourly rate. It stinks because you lose out on the mark-up.
  3. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,855

    That is what I am thinking. For me to break down all the costs of materails, our %, ect is hard. That is all in the computer on a spreadsheet and it is pretty easy for us to give a bid or price but to undo my method of madness from last summer is more challenging than billing hourly!
  4. zedosix

    zedosix LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Figure what you would of charged had you of purchased the blocks. Subtract the cost (the owner paid) and you will have the correct #. You still need to warranty your work. Your the ones breathing that dust, and breaking your backs. Thats why I don't bother with that, I don't have the time to start explaining my price.
  5. tthomass

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

    Did you have a contract? Sounds like you did work without discussing $ and now you can get screwed if they don't "approve" of your charge. The ball is now in their court.

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