Sam Hassall, the UK’s only dedicated specialist landscape cost consultant, writes a review of the costs involved in a particular element of landscaping each month. In April Sam focused on the costs of clearing a site of both soft and hard landscaping.
Clearing a site can often be seen as a ‘hidden cost’ – it may be something that isn’t adequately factored in to the cost of a job. However it can be a time consuming and expensive process. Sam uses detailed tables, equations and figures that are fully transferable, landscapers are able to simply insert the correct figures for a job in order to arrive at an approximate cost.
The specific costs which are focused on are:
- the application of herbicide – which Sam suggests should be applied to the site a few weeks before the clearance operation commences.
- the removal of sprayed turf – once the turf has been killed off it needs to be removed and disposed of.
- demolition of hard surfaces – either by hand or by machine, the site must be cleared of any hard surfaces.
- disposal of hard surfaces – using a skip or grab, the hard surfaces need to be loaded, removed and disposed of.
To read the full article, see pages 12-13 in April’s magazine here