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So I do mostly lawn maintenance/snow removal for about 40 customers. I have been in business for about 1 year and I am beginning to get alot of my mowing customers asking about landscaping. I am taking landscaping classes this fall for my horticulture associates degree I am going for at a local college. I am just wondering what the best way to estimate these jobs are? I have gotten good at estimating lawns but I have not really done anything where materials (other than gas and equipment) would be a major expense. Any help would be awesome!

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It's basically the same as when you learned to estimate mowing,etc...

The biggest factor is knowing what the cost is going to be for your materials such as mulch, plants, etc...once you know that you figure your labor rates...Most guys cushion the material prices to cover for pick up and delivery.etc...

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dougcaskey,

I am going to give an estimate for a retaining wall on a property I take care of Wednesday. It is about 1-2 feet tall and maybe 50ft long. Whats the best way to write out an estimate for this type of work? Just curious as to what other people to as to what my idea is.

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I usually write up my estimates for a total cost, I don't like breaking down each line item with it's own cost, It's makes it easier for a customer to pick at prices if they are broken down


If you have never done a retaining wall you may want ask someone for help first...There are a lot of factors that go into it and a lot depends on the job site itself...Be Careful & know your material cost before hand...


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I usually write up my estimates for a total cost, I don't like breaking down each line item with it's own cost, It's makes it easier for a customer to pick at prices if they are broken down


If you have never done a retaining wall you may want ask someone for help first...There are a lot of factors that go into it and a lot depends on the job site itself...Be Careful & know your material cost before hand...


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With things like materials I like to break it down. So the customer see there getting x amount of mulch.

Most states have regulations for building retaining walls. Mine is over 4ft is a bunch of red tape. Either way you have to be a HIC.
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What's your advice on the best way to figure out how long different landscape jobs will take you? Do you advise starting small and learning how much time smaller jobs take before you jump into a larger landscape project?
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Every job is different and many will set a standard rate for jobs, sometimes that works out and some times it doesn't....

I will never talk money without looking at a job first, My opinion is that you can't learn to do good estimates from a book...It's a hands on learning process and others may disagree with me but it is the way I learned the business....
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Thanks Guys!

I have been doing some research and looking at prices. It is a smaller project but I figure I need to start somewhere as I would like to grow into landscaping. I talked to one of my friends who worked for another local landscaping/lawn care business and he gave me a lot of tips. One of the reasons I am excited to get more of these projects is I used to be really good at art. I went to state and won Jr and Senior year for pencil drawing. Landscaping is somewhat like art on a bigger level and it is beautifying lawns! Thanks for the help again!

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I'd love to see some of your drawings. That skill will really come in handy with designing landscapes. Why not start drawing up some landscape projects and then make them. Take pictures of the steps and the final outcome. All of this material would be great in a brochure or on your website. You could show potential customers your skill level and you could draw up great looking designs before you began any digging.
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I am planning on taking lots of pictures during the stages for future jobs and my website which I have redesigned over the last few months. What would be a good designer to use?

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