View Full Version : How much should I charge to install sod

sandy creek
12-06-2009, 03:03 PM
customer is buying the sod, 10 pallets and it will be delivered, I'll have 1 helper, what should I charge for labor on this?

12-06-2009, 03:23 PM
Not enough info provided so enough to make money
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sandy creek
12-06-2009, 03:41 PM
10 pallets, 500sq.ft. per pallet, pallets will be sitting in the yard when I get there, laying squares down side by side....

12-06-2009, 04:39 PM
I would charge 500

12-06-2009, 05:30 PM
if there is no prep involved for laying the sod (grading or tilling the soil) then 100 per pallot is pretty good. if there is prep then itll go up to 125 to 175 per pallot.

12-06-2009, 06:07 PM
Don't forget how much detail work as well. A lot of times you have beds, trees, and all kinds of stuff to cut around that alone can take up some time.

12-06-2009, 06:13 PM
Just curious where are you at. This really isn't a good time to be laying sod.

12-06-2009, 06:16 PM
it is a great time to lay sod if you can keep it wet. wont hurt a thing. have layed it before and then it snowed on it, kept up like that all winter and it took fine . depends on the weather(not too dry) and watering ability that is all

12-06-2009, 08:05 PM
You guys should be able to do 2 pallets an hour. I usually figure a pallet per hour per guy. Thats just the laying down time. Its hard to tell what your prep is.

12-06-2009, 08:22 PM
75-100 a pallet. You could do 50 if every thing straight forward with hardly any cut in and no prep. But really it come down to how much you need at the end of a day to be happy. If you think a 100 a day is all you need to be happy then 100 for the whole job. I would call you a fool and lowballer but I'm not happy with a humdum a day for crap work. I would shoot for 500-1000. Pay a guy to help and be gone by lunch. Throw a few resi on top to pay for the help and keep you on scedual

12-06-2009, 11:02 PM
So you're basically telling us that you've never even laid sod before. Or you forgot your watch that day and have no clue how much work it is or how long it takes.

Another lawn profshunal!

12-06-2009, 11:54 PM
Probably stating the obvious here but getting the pallets in the right places from the start is key. Can mean a big difference in job time. Looks like it is being delivered for the homeowner. Do yourself a favor and either flag where you want the pallets or be there when it is delivered. I would charge $600 assuming site is totally prepped.