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  • #16
    What did you decide to go with in your wall bid for the job? Do you feel it will be easier for you to bid on retaining walls in the future?
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    • #17
      We are doing the work for the bushes and the beds, we are not going to take on the work to do the wall. After getting a closer look at the wall of slate that is there now, and seeing the mound of grass pushing against it, I doubt that I would feel comfortable trying to do this work. I told her that we never did a wall before and honestly I don't want to use her yard to learn. She seems OK with that, I then said, I could probably sublet the work out to someone that does walls, so I will see if she wants me to do that. That way at least maybe I can have my guys there to observe and learn how to do it the right way.
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      • #18
        We are doing the work for the bushes and the beds, we are not going to take on the work to do the wall. After getting a closer look at the wall of slate that is there now, and seeing the mound of grass pushing against it, I doubt that I would feel comfortable trying to do this work. I told her that we never did a wall before and honestly I don't want to use her yard to learn. She seems OK with that, I then said, I could probably sublet the work out to someone that does walls, so I will see if she wants me to do that. That way at least maybe I can have my guys there to observe and learn how to do it the right way.
        Smart move and yes thats a great way to learn on the job...

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        • #19
          I find that most clients are more appreciative of an honest "that's beyond my scope", than if you try and fudge your way through something.

          You win bonus points for that.

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          • #20
            i usually do 2 appraisal. What the client ask for, and i call it Landscapers choice.
            With your two estimates, is there a standard percentage increase you like to hit with your 'landscapers choice' bid price?

            Like for instance, do you give one price of $X and the landscaper's choice is usually 20% more? Or does it all just depend on the job and what you think would be the ideal way to do it and price it?
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            • #21
              With your two estimates, is there a standard percentage increase you like to hit with your 'landscapers choice' bid price?

              Like for instance, do you give one price of $X and the landscaper's choice is usually 20% more? Or does it all just depend on the job and what you think would be the ideal way to do it and price it?

              some times its a 25% on material and lets say 25 % profit u have to raise them both, lets say in the first appraisal i will use metal edger to do flower beds, and in the second one i will try to go with natural stone, always say this increase value of property and it looks more classy and it will last longer, i say this will depend in the way you sell your project, i try my self to be patience, confident and talk with authority, like i know what i am doing, and not talk to much, some times i tend to be overexcited well im still learning,but this method will get me landscape projects 90% of the time i do presentations.

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              • #22
                base is very impotant what type wall are you going back in with? a natural stone segmental retaining wall wood, brick. but it is important you have a good leval base to start with you have some sort of drain behind the wall no matter what size the wall is you don't want to build it only for hydrolic presure to knock it down

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