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jasonban87

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Hi guys!

New here and I don't know if this is the appropriate place to post this in.

I'm planning to have my yard remodeled and redesigned. I got an initial quote from my contractor for $25000+ CAD which is about $19500 USD excluding labour. They're gonna work on a total area of 4305 sq ft. Whole project includes seeding, landscaping, fountain and pond installation. I have exactly no idea if this is a good estimate or if I am being overcharged. My only reference is this article about the average cost of landscaping in Canada https://alpinecredits.ca/cost-of-landscaping/ I'm planning to negotiate the price a little bit, but if it's a good price, then I'll leave it at that. I want to see what advice you guys have to give since I have no experience whatsoever here so I don't know if this is overpriced or just the right price. Thanks in advance!
 

Darryl G

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Hi guys!

New here and I don't know if this is the appropriate place to post this in.

I'm planning to have my yard remodeled and redesigned. I got an initial quote from my contractor for $25000+ CAD which is about $19500 USD excluding labour. They're gonna work on a total area of 4305 sq ft. Whole project includes seeding, landscaping, fountain and pond installation. I have exactly no idea if this is a good estimate or if I am being overcharged. My only reference is this article about the average cost of landscaping in Canada https://alpinecredits.ca/cost-of-landscaping/ I'm planning to negotiate the price a little bit, but if it's a good price, then I'll leave it at that. I want to see what advice you guys have to give since I have no experience whatsoever here so I don't know if this is overpriced or just the right price. Thanks in advance!
Get one or more additional estimates.
 

jasonban87

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Get one or more additional estimates.

Won't that make me feel like I'm betraying my contractor? Also, they seem to be really ready about the project. I guess I'll have to work on how to tell them that I chose another contractor if ever I find better rates.
 

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Won't that make me feel like I'm betraying my contractor? Also, they seem to be really ready about the project. I guess I'll have to work on how to tell them that I chose another contractor if ever I find better rates.
I don't know of another way for you to know that you're getting a fair deal other than getting competitive bids. I wouldn't base your decision soley on price - being comfortable with a contractor is very important. But It's pretty standard to get 3 bids for a project in the USA , maybe that's different in Canada?
 

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Get one or more additional estimates.
Exactly.

Most "contractors" are staffed up to build, not landscape. You'll feel really stupid when you find out the contractor simply called a local landscaping firm and then added on $2000 for the privilege of making a phone call you could have made.

When we built our house, our builder wanted to pour the entire driveway. We called in a local crew that did nothing but concrete driveways, and I'm glad we did. The pad the contractor poured is already cracking and sinking. The portion we contracted looks brand new 6 years later.
 
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