I sold my dump druck a few months back. I would bid pavers as low as $7 a foot done right. Going rate here is $5 on craigslist. Some fat dude Dan floods the LA craigslist like no other. 8 years ago I could not find anyone under $20 a sq ft. People are working for free as my cost was $5 a ft with skidsteer access. Maybe $4.25 no vehicle traffic. No problems
hold on here. in michigan, a very standard paver from a reputable mfr (not home depot) goes for $2.75 my cost. aggregate, fabric, bedding sand, edge restraints and poly sand add another $1.00 per foot. that brings you to 3.75 in materials cost ONLY. now add the design and labor time. and disposal. and overhead. oh, and a profit margin, meager as it may be these days!
how in the holy hell can anyone expecting to stay in business charge $7 a foot under those conditions?! (unless we're talking about 20,000 sq ft).
unless someone is uninsured, un equipmented, and paying their employees with donuts and witty remarks, these #s dont make any sense.
some of these contractors' lack of business accounting knowledge is shameful.