One of the first questions that people ask is; “how much do you charge per foot?” Well, the answer to that question is normally, “Do you know how much footage you have?”
Even though most curbing companies will come out and give you a free estimate, you still should know an approximate footage that you have before you call, so you can tell if you’ve received a good price.
But how do I do that?
Go get your garden hose. Your average garden hose at home is usually 25 feet. Lay it out in the design of your garden bed or in a circle around that tree. How many times did you have to move it? Two? Three? Well, that tells you approximately how many linear feet you have – more than you thought, huh? Curbing companies go by the “Linear Foot,” which means that your otherwise straight line – may “curve.”
Most companies work with a minimum, which means that they have to charge you a certain amount – even if you have 25 linear feet, or a thousand; we all must work with a minimum. Every time they move that trailer or get a crew, it will cost them a certain amount of money.
So, on average (in Central Florida), most companies have a minimum dollar amount to even show up at your house with crew and trailer – let’s say, $450.00 for the sake of this post. That will get you UP TO their minimum footage (usually 75-100 feet) of curbing. Anything over that will probably be charged by the linear foot. However, as I mentioned before, estimates are usually free, so take advantage of a professional in your area.
Now, understand that all companies are not alike, and prices/minimums may differ. This is just a “guide” to help you understand the “ball-park” figure, and to know what to expect when hiring a curbing contractor.
It’s better to work with a contractor who has a solid history in Concrete Landscaping Borders. As in all trades, there is a knowledge and experience necessary to make your curb installation right. And, our curbing is 4″ x 6″, which is a lot more stable/sturdy that some others out there. This is a diagram of the most popular “Mower Style” that we offer. It is 4″ x 6″.
I also want you to keep in mind that the company has to purchase equipment, tools, trailers, trucks, fuel, uniforms, insurance, concrete, dyes, fiber, employee’s, taxes and so forth. This is another reason that you should only hire someone who is established in your area. We can handle the overhead, and do not ask for money in advance (or at least we don’t). And, we can take all major credit cards, so if you’d like this option, please let us know!
Ask them how long they have been doing business here in Central Florida. Can they show you their actual work, or refer you to another homeowner close by so you can see yourselves? You want to make sure that you can get help to replace or repair if you need it. You can’t do that if your selected less experienced contractor is out of business.
Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders has been proudly serving Central Florida for 18 years right here! Our professionals are available to assist you! Contact us today at 407-957-9208 for your free estimate. Visit our Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders, LLC website to learn more!
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