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ACA L&L
04-26-2008, 04:58 AM
This week was a good week. We had three sod installs priced at $3 a sq ft. toataling 2000 sq ft. All were front yards. All were small to say the least. two needed valves replaced(bonus) and all three needed new timers installed. One day removing all the old grass and minor prepping. One day installing.

Two guys total.
All paid with smiles and a mait. contract!



All were booked last week, one after the other. It was unreal. I cant remember the last time i nailed three jobs in a row let alone three in a day.
Picked up two more installs as we were doing these.


3 pallets of park blend $516.00
labor $400
sod cutter $100
dump fees. $21
3 timers $120
valves $100



billed about $6400
cost $1300

take home $5000


:walking: I felt blessed to say the least

Anyone else get lucky on a few small jobs like this.....

JNyz
04-26-2008, 07:38 PM
Good job. It seems you are doing a good job selling. Selling the job is very important thing that a lot of guys forget.

FIREPOWER
04-29-2008, 10:52 PM
Nice! Ok I have a question about sodding....Customer has 50x75 (3750 sq') backyard. He wants the old turf stripped and removed. 4" topsoil -38 yards = 2'' deep so times two is 76 yards-4". 400 rolls of sod @ 2'x5' = 4000 sq'. How many man hours do I charge for removal, soil installation and sod installation? 3 guys. I guess i should rent a skid for this puppy. This is my first sod job...;)

This is what I came up with for tentative price:

76 yards topsoil @ $40 per yard= $3040
Delivery $300
Sod $800
Skid rental $300
Dump fee $300
Plus 20%
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Total materials:$5688

Now times that by 2 ? = $11,379
(roughly $3 a foot like above)

Is that enough or too much ? how long do you guys think this will take from stripping to leaving ? 3 guys.
thanks

Isobel
04-30-2008, 03:04 AM
i wish i could sell sod at $3 per square foot.
I could pay off all of my debts...

TXNSLighting
04-30-2008, 01:18 PM
not to shabby!

Ravenwood Landscaping
04-30-2008, 10:40 PM
i wish i could sell sod at $3 per square foot.
I could pay off all of my debts...

I was thinking the same thing. I'm at $1 until I hit 1500 sq ft, then I drop to $.90. No hatin, just jealous!! Good job!!

CALandscapes
05-01-2008, 01:54 AM
Nice! Ok I have a question about sodding....Customer has 50x75 (3750 sq') backyard. He wants the old turf stripped and removed. 4" topsoil -38 yards = 2'' deep so times two is 76 yards-4". 400 rolls of sod @ 2'x5' = 4000 sq'. How many man hours do I charge for removal, soil installation and sod installation? 3 guys. I guess i should rent a skid for this puppy. This is my first sod job...;)

This is what I came up with for tentative price:

76 yards topsoil @ $40 per yard= $3040
Delivery $300
Sod $800
Skid rental $300
Dump fee $300
Plus 20%
-------------------
Total materials:$5688

Now times that by 2 ? = $11,379
(roughly $3 a foot like above)

Is that enough or too much ? how long do you guys think this will take from stripping to leaving ? 3 guys.
thanks

I'm wondering as to why he wants the old turf removed if you're going to be topdressing with 4" of topsoil? We always spray existing with glyphosate, topdress, and sod. This eliminates a large part of the labor, ensuring that we get the job as well as being fair and honest to the client.

If you proposed $11k for that job to me at my house, I'd laugh you right out of the door and go with the guy who was bidding $8 or $9k, which is what I believe is a bit more realistic for the scope of the work you're outlining.

Just my .02.

lawns Etc
05-01-2008, 01:09 PM
In my area $1.50 with prep is about average $3 and I would be a loballer @2.50 and be loaded

ACA L&L
05-19-2008, 08:48 PM
How busy are you?? Is $3 a sq ft fair. It is if your that busy and they really want your company to do it. I used to charge $1 or $2 a sq ft some 5-7 years ago. we are swamped. $3 bucks a sq ft is a steal. Here anyway.