View Full Version : Estimating New Lawn Install - Your input is helpful!!

06-08-2009, 01:18 PM
I will be installing 18 pallets of bermuda sod. Will install for $170/pallet=$3,060
Grading... I have little experience on pricing...maybe 6 man hrs.??? = $360

No grading has been done. I will also need to remove aprox. 15 cubic yards of mulch where trees have just been removed. I've budgeted for a roll off container ($350). The rest of the yard just needs to be scraped. I will be renting a skid ($350).

I will be adding topsoil, but am unsure of how deep to go...Is 1'' sufficient? Most of the soil is fairly decent, especially in the back and side yard...1'' depth would be around 22 yards of soil.

My Costs: $85/pallet x 18 = $1,530
$350 roll off container
$350 skid rental
$25/yard soil x 22 yards = $550
Total Job Cost: $2,780

What I will Charge:
Sod: $170/pallet x 18 = $3,060
Site Prep: $1,060 - covers roll off and skid rental
Soil Install: $770
Total Cost: $4,890

I make $2,110 - about$450 labor = $1,660 for 2 days work is on track for what I need to take in...Unless, I can go higher...??

Please let me know how you would make your numbers different and if I'm on the right track for this project.

06-08-2009, 05:22 PM
You could always mark up for the sod, soil, roll off and equipment rental. Not like the customer knows what all that would cost.

06-08-2009, 06:12 PM
Your cheap in my opinion. The prep is really cheap considering you have 700 into it to start. I also don't know how well you operate a skid but if you don't have a ton of experiance I'm guessing you underestimate how long it will take. Not knocking your abilities its just a common thing. Not sure how big your pallets are but we charge 3$ a yard for sod to be laid on a fully prepped area.

06-08-2009, 10:37 PM
Sounds like you are a little thin in labor. Also do you have overhead factored in?

06-18-2009, 06:22 PM
just get a mini excavation company to grade and be ride of you old mulch and crap then come in and bang out the rest. no headaches with rental and time wasted on prep in a machine u might not know how to use very well. meet the guy tell him what needs to be done and how much he charges for the work (40 to 70$ an hour) but hes a pro with his gear it might take him 4 hours to do what u can in 6 or 8 plus u can do other contracts in the mean time. making money while making money at the expense of a bit of money. get what i'm saying

White Gardens
06-19-2009, 11:02 AM
I'd charge $5500