What Should I Charge For a Pondless Waterfall?

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by Jarlo, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. Jarlo

    Jarlo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Ok, I have been searching this site for like an hour and I can't find anything even close to hinting at pricing on a pondless waterfall. Can anyone help me out here? How do you guys do you pricing for this?
  2. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    $4000. make it nice, keep it simple
  3. Jarlo

    Jarlo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    It's kind've funny... I was thinking $4,000... but can someone give me an idea on how to arrive at this price? Sizes, time, etc...
  4. Leon

    Leon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 39

    Here is one scenario:
    Cost of pondless equipment $1200
    cost of rock 400
    labor 24 manhours @ $50 1200
    total labor & equip 2800
    50% profit 1200
    Total to customer 4000

    It all depends upon size and site conditions. Is there a big stump that has to come out? moving irrigation lines? really steep hill side? Charge for those
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2009

    SOUTHERNGREENSCAPES LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 763

    $3,246.18 is the exact price.
  6. eaglescout

    eaglescout LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I once built one using a buried 55 gallon plastic drum for the pump to sit in. by the kit its a lot easier
  7. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    Exactly!!* :laugh:

    *Exactly how did you arive at this amount of 4k without knowing anything about the job?* Did you see the site, are you building a simple stone fountian when they are expecting a pondless waterfall 6' high?* Doesn't anybody do job costing anymore?
  8. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    The man asked a simple question and he recieved a simple answere. A person could sit here and ask him a million questions to do some "job costing", but who would. Then he would get no help from us at all. Instead I threw out a number, it is what we start with.
    Now at least he has a starting point!

    Now, if everyone was like you 2, he would not get help at all, thus...defeating the purpose of this site.

    So, like I said, $4000.
  9. burnthecouch

    burnthecouch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    A person can ask for a ballpark figure, but if you have no handle on what it costs to run your company day to day its hard to be of much help past that. Everyone on here has a different cost of doing business and we can't just toss out numbers. I would be closer to $5,000 if I were doing it.
  10. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    I used to ask these same questions.

    I have recently asked a similar question when I did not know what the going rate was for a certain job.

    We have since started doing our pricing differently based on a different premise.

    It doesn't matter what the going rate is.

    It does not matter what other companies charge.

    What matters is how much it will COST YOU to do the job AND how much YOU WANT to make on the job.

    Having said that you must first find out how much you will spend on materials. Then you need to know your labor costs. Dont forget little things like delivery fees if you have no way of transporting the rock yourself. And if you can transport the materials yourself you still need to bill the customer something for your cost of transportation of materials.

    Hope this helps.

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