So let's talk money...
Folks often ask me to give them a bid or an estimate for a restoration job. That is a reasonable of course. Unfortunately my experience is that there is just too much unpredictability, especially in the clearing/cleaning phase, to be as precise as I need to be to produce an accurate estimate. I neither want to feel guilty for charging too much nor frustrated for charging too little. I addition, much of the work I do is ongoing and even for large jobs my customers like spreading the work - and cost - out over a season.
For multi-day one time jobs what I often suggest is that I do one day's work, and if the homeowner is satisfied with what I have done in that amount of time, and is convinced of the value, then I keep going.
I have several energetic part time workers, most of whom are students or young people between jobs. Some are on payroll; others who are more intermittent are not. Sometimes it is more cost effective for a customer for one or more of these workers to do various parts of a job without me.
I charge $40 an hour for myself. This includes a break of five minutes per hour. Often I do not take a break for several hours - it depends on weather and other factors. If I do not have bathroom access on site and have to go offsite for that purpose, I consider that work time. If I have to make a run for materials, that is included as well. Most days I do not leave the property at all.
The cost to the homeowner for my employees ranges from $20 to $25 dollar an hour, depending on the employee's experience and skill level..
Homeowners may reduce costs by helping with certain aspects of the job such as moving debris to the street. .
I work almost exclusively with Cooper's Nursery for purchasing plants. I do include time picking up and delivering plants from Coopers as work time.