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Landscaping cost
« on: September 21, 2018, 10:28:56 AM »
I have been interviewing landscapers about my front and back yard (5,000 sq. ft lot with a 4,000+ sq. ft house on it, so basically not much yard though likely a tad bigger than typical Irvine new builds).  Received a quote for $60k to plant some planters, install tile over concrete, and build a water wall -- but that estimate does not include ANY materials, i.e., I would need to separately purchase the tiles, plants, trees, etc. 

I've never dealt with a new build before so I don't have much context but this sounds extremely expensive considering this is 60k for basically just some yard labor?  What have others been paying for landscaping and typically do homeowners have to provide the materials separately?

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2018, 10:35:58 AM »
I have been interviewing landscapers about my front and back yard (5,000 sq. ft lot with a 4,000+ sq. ft house on it, so basically not much yard though likely a tad bigger than typical Irvine new builds).  Received a quote for $60k to plant some planters, install tile over concrete, and build a water wall -- but that estimate does not include ANY materials, i.e., I would need to separately purchase the tiles, plants, trees, etc. 

I've never dealt with a new build before so I don't have much context but this sounds extremely expensive considering this is 60k for basically just some yard labor?  What have others been paying for landscaping and typically do homeowners have to provide the materials separately?

That sounds insanely high. Put 'em on blast. Who is this?

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2018, 10:46:18 AM »
Well, to be fair, the price does include the cost for artificial turf, two planters, and 30 LED lights.  But still, seems high considering I'd still have to go get all tiles and plants.  And they charge a planting cost per plant, e.g., $125 for a 24" box, $30 for 15 gallon plant. 

I would prefer not to say who the vendor is because it's someone's livelihood but I am having major sticker shock.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2018, 10:49:36 AM »
Prepare to be annoyed while getting multiple estimates. Some won't even return your calls. Some will make appointments, and just not even show. I even had a guy show up, spend a ton of time talking about options, even showing me a neighbor's yard he was doing, only to never send an estimate.

I've only heard positive experiences with two companies:

Sea Breeze Landscaping
Jefferson Rand Landscaping

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2018, 11:22:25 AM »
Makes me appreciate the builders and the landscapes plannings for the community after each time I talk to a contractor.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2018, 11:53:17 AM »
I forgot, isn't 5 figures reasonable for landscaping new homes?

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2018, 12:15:07 PM »
Here's what you do, find a friend that lives in some old house on a similar sized lot in the inland empire.  Use his house to meet and interview landscapers and give them apples-to-apples description of what you want to do in your yard. 

After they give you their price in writing (which will be 30% less than the Irvine price), tell them you accept their bid but want them to build the same thing in Irvine.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2018, 12:29:22 PM »
@irvinehomeowner, yes we anticipated spending in the 5 figure range.  However, we thought total cost would be about $50k for time and materials.  If the consensus is that landscapers charge an Irvine premium, then maybe I can do some heavy negotiating to get to a reasonable premium.  Now I see why so many people in the neighborhood have been using cheap Asian-based landscapers that provide what looks like non-HOA approved generic jobs.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2018, 12:32:34 PM »
$60k for what you described seems high.  I think $50k including materials is what sounds right based on my experience.  It's also odd that the contractor doesn't include materials - does he except you to go purchase and get them to the house yourself?  I would keep looking...

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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2018, 12:39:56 PM »
Yes, when I received the estimate it lists the cost for planting based on plant size & then indicates that I can purchase plants on some website that presumably would deliver all plants to my house directly.  However, I feel like a landscaper would be in the best position to know how many of x plants I would need to cover a particular area.  If I knew how to plan all of this, I'd just hire someone to do the hardscape for me and then bring in cheap labor to put in the plants. 

I have thus far interviewed 3 landscapers.  This is the first estimate to come in.  I'm hoping one of the others will come in at a better price and for greater scope of work.  And here I had thought that dealing with the developer was bad enough.  Sigh.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2018, 01:22:00 PM »
Yes, when I received the estimate it lists the cost for planting based on plant size & then indicates that I can purchase plants on some website that presumably would deliver all plants to my house directly.  However, I feel like a landscaper would be in the best position to know how many of x plants I would need to cover a particular area.  If I knew how to plan all of this, I'd just hire someone to do the hardscape for me and then bring in cheap labor to put in the plants. 

I have thus far interviewed 3 landscapers.  This is the first estimate to come in.  I'm hoping one of the others will come in at a better price and for greater scope of work.  And here I had thought that dealing with the developer was bad enough.  Sigh.

Least fun part of new home ownership for sure. The headache doesn’t end after you pick one :) Good luck!

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2018, 01:33:48 PM »
$60k for what you described seems high.  I think $50k including materials is what sounds right based on my experience.  It's also odd that the contractor doesn't include materials - does he except you to go purchase and get them to the house yourself?  I would keep looking...
Paris will disagree *(where is she bye the way/)  If OP bought a 4,000 sq ft house in Irvine, the price is greater than 1.5 million, now don't skimp on landscape, it has be atleast $100K to be neighborhood worthy.


From memory, landscaping for Capella houses with tiny lots were more than $40k

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2018, 03:12:40 PM »
60k for what you're getting is very high. My house is very similar in size to yours (3900 sqft on 5100 lot)

We built a salt water pool, spa, water feature, concrete deck, landscaping for 70k. All the materials were provided except the plants. I had to buy them myself at additional cost.

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2018, 03:23:15 PM »
60k for what you're getting is very high. My house is very similar in size to yours (3900 sqft on 5100 lot)

We built a salt water pool, spa, water feature, concrete deck, landscaping for 70k. All the materials were provided except the plants. I had to buy them myself at additional cost.

Hi Kenkoko, were you happy with the work done?  And if so, could you please provide your landscaper's name and contact info?  The scope of work included in my estimate is: outdoor tiling, pergola for dining area, water feature, some artificial turf, and some drought tolerant plants/florals.  Nothing too crazy or fancy, trying to keep an overall somewhat modern look.  Thanks!

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Re: Landscaping cost
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2018, 03:37:40 PM »
I've only heard positive experiences with two companies:

Sea Breeze Landscaping
Jefferson Rand Landscaping

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