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Pricing design work

Posted by grassyfields 6/new york (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 13, 13 at 13:42

I'm asked to come up with a plan for a woodland garden, including a planting sketch & plant lists.
The largest part of the work is a lawn in a clearing where a border with woodland edge plants would be used. Lawn is about 40 ft wide.
I usually work by the hour and do planting and maintenance work.
This is much more work than I usually do but which I have the experience to do, after 10 yrs intensive gardening.
Can I use a daily rate of $200 or is it better to use an hourly rate of $60.?
Any advice would be appreciated.

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RE: Pricing design work

your subject title refers to pricing design work but the met of the post seems to dwell on the actual physical labor.

Personally, I would price these quite separately. In my area, design work by a skilled professional is priced at $80-120 per hour, more if a name reputation. OTOH, labor is typically billed at $50 per hour per body.

But how you price is ultimately up to you, what you feel your value is and what your market will bear.

RE: Pricing design work

Dear Gardengal,
Thanks for the description of your experience pricing the work.
This is exactly what I needed to know.
I can scale my cost to my experience.
FYI I find that designing involves knowing soil conditions and what plants need, and finally putting desired plants in harmonious pattern...this is new to me but I always consider soil & sun first!

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