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Removing ivy From house.

Morning ladies and gentlemen, (late one)

Ive been asked to quote for ivy removal having only done it twice before (and it being alot of hard work) but at the time i was working for somebody, so im looking for advise on what to charge i was thinking it will take me 1 and a half days. should i day rate it or is there a better pricing method as a few other houses in the villiage have also now enquired. i want to be competative to get the work. 

Thanks in advance for any help you may give



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  • Price it on your day rate plus cost of waste removal cheers ken 

  • PRO

    There’s a difference between being competitive and buying work.

    The are occasions when I end up feeling like I have bought work.


  • PRO

    Hi Colin, day rate plus a good profit! It's hard work as you say.

    Last time I took Ivy off a house I sharpened a small digging spade with a fairly flat blade, it worked a treat scraping it off the wall in big sheets.

  • Day rate and rubbish charges.Watch out for wasps and maybe consider wearing a dust mask ivy dust horrible.

  • PRO

    Give them a price.  If you do day rate and other houses need it doing, what if they think it's only half a days work and you think its 1 1/2.  If you give them a price each they know what the final cost will be and also it's harder for them to compare and make incorrect assumptions.  Do you know who are you competing against?

  • PRO

    Ivy is ruddy horrible stuff, dust mask and long sleeves required. What sort of materials are you removing it from. Stonework is much harder going than render. Also how mature is it? I have seen a few old stone walls collapse from ivy damage. 

    • they are all brick and mortar, the ivy is covering the diffrent shades of brick on the extentions, i believe that they were all done at the same time by the previouse land owner who sold them of seperate non mre than five years ago. 

  • PRO

    Remember, birds will still be nesting.

    • ive done two site visits no birds nesting 

  • I have found that severing the plant stems at the base and then leaving it for a couple of weeks makes the job a bit easier. It's the sort of work I would rather do,in winter if possible rather than a hot summers day!

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