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What To Charge For Moving Dirt?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by StihlBR600, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    Yesterday i was out plowing the driveway with the skid steer and a guy stopped and asked me if i did landscape work. I said yes just to see what he wanted. He told me that he lives like a half mile down the street and in the spring hes getting 20 yards of fill dirt and 8 more yards of top soil. He wanted to know if i could move all of the dirt to his backyard. I said sure and gave him my business card and told him to call me in the spring. I had no idea what to quote a job like that so i told him around $400 What would you charge if you were in my shoes? keep in mind i dont have to rent equipment such as a trailer or skid steer.
  2. dwmason

    dwmason LawnSite Member
    Messages: 71

    Sounds like a fair charge - I would figure the hours needed to move the dirt x my per hour rate - 28 total yards to move would depend on how far it is to his backyard. I would think you could easily do this in 1/2 day so 400 without any rental would be a good paycheck
  3. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    Ok good i figured i wasnt too far off. Im guessing that it would be about 200 feet at the most. The bucket holds about 3/4 of a yard so im looking at about 40 trips.
  4. Big C

    Big C LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,642

    What is your hourly rate for labor & equipment?...if you don't have an hourly rate you should sit down and calculate one? And I wouldn't have given him a price for a job in the spring and one that you didn't walk out. All my estiamates are good for 14 days....you quoted him $400 so i guess that's your price.....good luck
  5. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,006

    Have you seen the property don’t be surprised if you have to go trough a 36’’ gate ok you can always use your wheelbarrow:drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup::drinkup:
  6. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    He just asked for a ballpark guess on how much it would cost. I told him about $400. I work for $40 an hour plus when using my own skid steer another $20. So $60 an hour is what im going for. I dont have any costs except for the gas i use on the job.
  7. avguy

    avguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 562

    $400 1/2 day for a bobcat & operator in our area.
  8. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    Yes so my quote was the right price. Ill make bank on the job and itll cost me maybe $40 in gas
  9. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 830

    I would just check and make sure it isnt through a small gate or you need to get it over a wall or something crazy. I have run into that before.
  10. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 705

    Its a straight shot into his backyard. He said the dumptruck would fit but they couldnt take it back there because of his septic field

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