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Question DetailsAsked on 6/25/2016

How to charge for river Rock removed

Person wants river Rock removed from yard

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Sounds like you are a contractor or yard and lawn/landscape guy, so you should be able to figure your costs, adding in appropriate overheads of course - basically if you can't figure the cost to do this, you probasbly shouldnot be doing the job:

1) labor to collect/rake up the river rock, certainly mostly manual labor with maybe some bobcat work if a large area - and note river rock does not rake or scoop load nicely in thin amounts, so likely to take a pretty fair amount of shovel labor

2) loading in wheelbarrows or bobcat/utility tractor or such (depending on haul distance to truck and quantity) to transport and load in truck

3) operating cost of bobcat and truck, including travel to and from jobsite which may be almost as much time as doing the work

4) method to get the rock into the truck if you don't have mechanical loading equipment - ramp (may have to rent) and using partly full wheelbarrow only each trip, backing up to a bluff somewhere on the property, etc.

5) transporting river rock from site - vehicle charges and labor cost (and consider how many trips it will take depending on truck size and load limits), and disposal cost if you have to pay to get rid of it somewhere, unless you have a materials yard you can store it at (if clean) for potential resale on a future customer job

6) cleanup of area where it was taken out - either raking out smooth, or possibly putting in some other ground cover plant or material ?

Be sure to get necessary utility locates too - and if a shallow type utility (basically anything but sewer and in most areas water) that may prohibit tractor digging/scooping, and limit its use (if you have one) to being loaded by rake and shovel and hauling to and loading the truck.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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