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andrew415

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How did you learn to operate your skid steer? I have basic skills in moving around soil and also snow clearing and such but not in grading...Or landscaping a new house/ using auger for fence holes etc..? I am planning on starting this winter with buying my own rig, for snow removal but come summer how am I supposed to contract myself out without knowing this basics in landscaping? Will the homebuilder let you know what EXACTLY to do? Can anyone help? Should I volunteer my time for a week and just watch a bobcat for a few days with a contractor? Suggestions? Im in the booming housing market of Edmonton Alberta so there is NO lack of work! Thanks Guys Andrew Bugg
 

andrew415

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I was also wondering how you guys charge, do you charge hourly? Or estimate a time for a job and do it under or over the time quoted? Thanks
 

sterlclan

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I was also wondering how you guys charge, do you charge hourly? Or estimate a time for a job and do it under or over the time quoted? Thanks
I worked for a landscaper who was good on a bobcat watched and learned most of the grading part comes with practice I use the hourly way but some do bids...Good luck .Jeff
 

frank123

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I worked for a landscaper who was good on a bobcat watched and learned most of the grading part comes with practice I use the hourly way but some do bids...Good luck .Jeff
Experience is the best teacher. If you're going to start charging for your time, you need to have an eye for drainage, aesthetics, and maintainability. Around here, most of the problems I see are poor grading for drainage. Nothing will alienate customers like water in the basement or pools of water in their new yard. It comes with practice for most people, but a laser is good insurance. There are several good threads that discuss pricing strategies if you dig around in the Forum a little. One other thing; if you're doing the final grade, don't skimp on topsoil. It may take a while to educate your customers, but the extra expense will be well worth it down the road if a nice lawn is important to the people buying the homes.

Frank
 
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