View Full Version : Ck. my price to sod

03-27-2003, 11:46 PM
Need to give a price by tomorrow,to lay sod.
Area to be sodded - 2500 sq ft., or round to 300 sq. yds.
cost of sod ------- $ 450.00
tiller rental ----------- 57.00
lawn roller rental - $ 10.00
fert. ----------------- $ 5.00

total costs less labor -$ 552.00

I may just do the entire job solo. Figure no more than 8 hrs. total. Open area
with not much to cut around. I am thinking of $ 1205.00. What do you think?

Do you think I should have a helper? First sod job.

03-28-2003, 12:23 AM
I think you'd need a helper to get that done in a day. One guy carrying one guy cutting and laying the rolls. Is the ground prepped and ready to go?

03-28-2003, 12:46 AM
Do you think I should have a helper? First sod job.

I can tell this is your first sod job. Maybe a helper can work on your prices a little. ...Geese :angry:

03-28-2003, 10:13 AM
grshppr - I will be killing the present vegitation, & tilling the ground.

paponte - This site is for us to help each other out. If you do not have anything constructive to say, then don't say anything at all, and keep your smart _ _ _ comments to yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


03-28-2003, 07:42 PM
Actually, my post was very constructive. As you stated... "This site is for us to help each other out". I hope you helped "us" as well as yourself, by raising your pricing. I am more than certain I am not the only one that would be double what you were planning to charge.

As far as commenting, and keeping my responses to myself... If you don't want people to comment, then I would advise not posting. It's sort of the whole idea. :D


03-28-2003, 07:59 PM
My estimate:

1. Sod installed = (2500 sq.) = $1375.00 (3hrs @2men)

2. Tiller rental/labor/fine grade = $60.00 + $270.00 = $320.00

3. Lawn Roller/labor = $65.00

4. Fertilzer = $65.00

Total : $1825.00

$5.00 for fertilizer??? why bother even charging if your gonna charge that.....

03-28-2003, 09:10 PM
paponte - Now, youre last post WAS constructive, ie you think I should doubble the price. Your first post, however, was not constructive at all.
Look at the reply just prior to your last post - Now their is an individual actually trying to help.


03-28-2003, 09:14 PM
Thanks for the help paps, you've got the idea. Hope I can return the favor someday!

03-28-2003, 10:41 PM
How does Paponte know what you can get for one laborer in your market? I don't think the price was too far off if you could actually do it in 8hrs by yourself. This not being likely; that was the problem with the estimate. I do agree that low-ballers should rot, but you stuck your neck out and sought some advise first. Its obvious that paponte was having a bad day, I hope everything is OK.


03-29-2003, 01:27 PM
The end price should be between 50 and 80 cents per square foot, depending on the economy and difficulty of the job. Go no lower than $1250 for the whole job or you'll just be breaking your back for nothing. $.75 per foot will give you $1875. Check around and see what the going rate per sq ft is.

03-29-2003, 05:38 PM
This is just an opinion.

Paponte lives in NY. Very high cost of living. Bid $2400

Dix lives in Eastern NC. Lower cost of living. Bid $1200

I live in Southeast VA. Average cost of living. My bid would be $1800.

It all depends on your market on how to bid these jobs. What would be considered cheap in one area is considered expensive in another. Again, that is just my opinion.

03-29-2003, 05:45 PM
You are so right! Your opinion does carry alot of weight. In my area I would bid $1400 because it is rural and prices are lower. southeast of me, closer to Chicago, it would be about $1900.

03-30-2003, 07:16 PM
In my area that would be closer to $2000, I just bid two 1500 sq ft jobs this week, one was at $1400, the other $1450. Don't just double that however, because a large part of my price is just to get there, pull the rope on the rototiller, and begin work, not to mention getting the sod. Hope I helped a little.

03-30-2003, 10:36 PM
I find it difficult to believe one person can prepare the soil, complete all the necessary handraking, fertilize, lay about six pallets of sod, do the cut in work, top dress the seams, .clean up and start the watering - all for $1200?
At what profit margin are you operating?
I wouldn't touch a job like that for less than $2K.
As far as sod work goes, I have personally either put down or supervised over 100 acres of different species of turfgrass sod in many states and two continents.
Your prices are way too low!
At a minimum, take material costs plus @15-20%, anticipated labor, total and add 50% for unknowns.

03-30-2003, 10:45 PM
:blob3: SWD :blob3:

At least I know there is someone else out there that charges accordingly for sod! Man I would not set foot on a property for less then $1. a ft.

I had some BOZO underbid me for 6600 sqft of sod, 25 yards topsoil, laying and rolling for .64 a ft last year. I almost laughed my a__ off when the guy called ME back this year cause his lawn is DEAD, and the guy couldn't guarantee the work cause he did it for so cheap.