How to Estimate Concrete Work Costs

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You need a professional contractor for most concrete work.

Concrete work for your home involves hiring a concrete contractor. While it's important to get an estimate for the concrete work from the contractor, there are certain types of information that can help you estimate the cost of the work. That way, you can more effectively compare estimates from different contractors.

Step 1

Factor in the hourly work for the contractor. It's hard to determine the length of the project, but you can figure out how much you're paying per hour. Most concrete contractors charge between $60 and $95 per hour.

Step 2

Add the cost of the concrete for your project. The cost of the concrete is generally around $75 per cubic yard.

Step 3

Figure out if you need to move around dirt to complete your concrete work, such as when you're building a house foundation. This type of work can cost around $50 per hour.

Step 4

Pay attention to any additional costs that may come up with the project. One additional cost is reinforcement of the concrete, which can cost about $.10 per square foot. Concrete forms and finishing work can cost about $1 to $1.50 per square foot. You may have to consult with a professional to determine if this work is necessary.

Step 5

Consult with a few concrete contractors before you choose one. Compare their price structure, recommended work and time frame for completion. Time frame is especially important if you're paying the contractor by the hour.


J. Johnson

J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.