View Full Version : larger install price

04-09-2002, 05:50 PM
I'm pretty confident about my prices but this one job I'm bidding is larger than I'm use to.

18,000sq. ft.
4" topsoil @ 225yds.
4 man crew will be on site
2 days work pending on delivery of soil.

Would like to what you would bid with cost of equip., labor, and your mark up. The homeowner is taking care of flowerbeds so all we have to do is bring in soil, rake final grade and, spray with Hydroseed. Also, are my caculations correct for the topsoil?

04-09-2002, 05:56 PM
sracthing head I come up with 22.5 yrds but I many be wrong

04-09-2002, 07:02 PM
no, it is 225 yards, well 222.22 to be exact.

04-09-2002, 07:21 PM
You're going to use 225 yards of topsoil on just over 4/10ths of an acre? And at only 4" deep?

04-09-2002, 07:44 PM
Originally posted by rodfather
You're going to use 225 yards of topsoil on just over 4/10ths of an acre? And at only 4" deep?

That's why I asked if my caculations on the topsoil were correct. Too much? Too little?

04-09-2002, 07:44 PM
well let see

225 yards about $4050 for topsoil cost plus markup = $4,500
you can probably get this knocked down and getting someone to bring this in for less. Should be 13 trucks if trucking in its about $55 hour to truck

4 man crew at @25/ hour $1,600

are you spreading this by hard, or are you using a skid steer or loader of sorts?

Depending on that added cost

hydro not sure of charge as I do not do it currently.

so far $6,100 plus additionals..

04-09-2002, 07:47 PM
skid steer.

04-09-2002, 07:50 PM

so then add $ 400 for skid steer and $400 for paying an opperator for 2 days at $25/ hour

Is there any site prep work to be done by you or is the home owner doing it all


04-09-2002, 08:32 PM
yeah 225 yards ....lol what the hell was I thinking with 22.5 DUH:D

04-09-2002, 09:25 PM
My bid for this job:

1. (225) yards of topsoil installed ($50.00/yard at discount due to quantity)
= $11,250.

2. Hydro-seed = .10 per sq/ft.
= $1800.00

Total: $13,000 ~

Duration: (1-1.5) days at (4-6) laborers and (2) Bobcats with operators.

-I would run (2) tandem dumps delivering dirt and running the (2) Bobcats at the same time with the (4-6) laborers raking/grading the soil as we move it.

04-10-2002, 10:19 AM
Your charging $50 a yard for topsoil? Where I'm at it's running between $12 and $20 a yard in tandem loads. I deliver about 2 1/2 yards for $55, but that's small quantity. Is topsoil at a big premium up there.? Not trashing, just took me by surprise.

04-10-2002, 01:43 PM
Bryan charges $50.00 per yard delivered and installed. He's also got his labor, equipment, overhead, etc. into the price.

For us, 18,000 square feet with 225 yards of top soil would be around $.70 to $.80 a square foot. About $13,500 to $14,500 ish, site conditions would obviously have to be factored in.

04-10-2002, 03:41 PM
IMHO it seems like that price is high,

Most of my customer bely ache at prices less than that. Do you do more commercial than residental, or new development?

But if that is what you can charge and get paid for, good for you... I wish I could find someone around here ......