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Discuss issues dealing with landscapes, hardscapes, exterior landscape lighting and lighting fixtures, lawn irrigation, sprinklers, sprinkler heads, mulch, retaining walls, etc.
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:32 PM
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Whats the going rate for hardscapes per sqft? to include or not include supplies. Is there any good books on this as well? Thanks
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If anyone else can jump in here and offer suggestions I would appreciate it.

I would figure though if you were just getting started into offering hardscapes, to shoot for an hourly fee. Know how much you have to make per hour and then do your best to estimate the amount of hours the job would take.

Charging per sq ft seems to always be a more advanced way of estimating that shouldn't be attempted until you really have an idea of how long the jobs take. Once you know how much work you can do in an hour, from experience, it's easy to then go and divide the cost of the jobs up by the sq ft.

But initially it seems to make things more complicated than they should be.
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Steve. I'm just getting started in the advanced hardscapes. I have a good group of guys that know what there doing for the most part. I have been doing landscaping for many years and just wanted to add this to my list of things.
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What kinds of hardscape projects are you looking forwards to working on? Or would you like to work on this year?
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Mostly patios and walkways
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I look forwards to seeing what you create as you go
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I'll post some pics when I do!
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Hey Buddy, An average price in MD is $17.00 -$22.00 PSF. Some of the thicker pavers you will have to adjust your price to. Also getting certified through ICPI will help alot. It's a 2 day class with a test at the end. It's not a gimmie test, you do have to study for it. If you google ICPI it will show you alot of information. It's great because they will list your company's name on there world wide website and the customer can actually go to the site and see how a patio is suppose to be done.
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An average price in MD is $17.00 -$22.00 PSF
How long do you feel it took you to go from charging per hour to charging per square foot?

Which do you recommend a newer lawn care business owner attempt to do?
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The economy has changed the way contractors price jobs. People are shopping the work. There are great ICPI certified hardscape companies out there with the equipment that are just not working, so if you want to compete with them you will probally have to do hardscape work at a PSF price.
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