Quote for garden overhaul

Hello,
In need of advice regarding a quote we have received for work in our front lawn and rear garden.
Our rear garden is about 350 -370 square metres and front lawn is about 35 square metres. The work involves removal of shrubs, old sheds and some rubbish, laying new grass turf, planting conifer hedging, new flower beds, rockery, decorative and flowering plants, jet washing and de-mossing patio etc. The work requires a digger as some areas had a LOT of brambles which have been cut to ground level by the tree surgeon and now need to be completely cleared out and prepped for new turf.
We have received a quote of £17000 for everything including removals. We live in Surrey, London travel zone 6.
How does this quote sound? 

Thanks in advance.

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  • FreeBear
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    Can't/won't comment on the price, but... Please think twice about using conifers for hedging, They can very quickly get out of control and grow to an unmanageable height. Some (most ?) do not respond well to being cut back hard.
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  • sgun
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    It all depends on who is doing it and what they are actually doing - your description is a bit vague (e.g. removing shrubs -  are they taking out the root system, turning over the hole properly to loosen compaction and enriching the soil or just cutting them down?). Again, "flowering plants" can be very cheap or very expensive, how large are the pots they are supplied in? What is going to be supplied? Is there a design involved in that quote? Garden design services have really gone up in price this year.

     I could do all the work and run off with about £12,000 spare (and still do it pretty well) OR I could do it and spend more than the quoted amount. 

    Conifers - interesting. They have their place, even lleylandii although I tend to only use that where it can be trimmed at least 4 times a year to keep it no higher than 2m. There are better plants for that type of hedge but sometimes you have to supply what the client wants. Something like a Thuja occidentalis Smaragd is usually a much better choice as it grows in a  more manageable pyramid shape but it will cost you more and take a bit more looking after in the first few years. You can cut back into old Thuja wood too. 
    So really, more information needed. Be wary of generic "conifer", "shrubs", "flowers" or you may end up with a garden full of amenity plants (roundabout planting schemes are cheap).
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