View Full Version : help me... seem right?

05-18-2004, 11:59 PM
a customer wants 1100 sq ft of sod put in, im charging 500, they also want 410 ft of the brick edging put in 3 tall that is a ft long each im charging 1500 for that, they also want lights put in and im charging $600 for that because they want 30 and its $240 for a 15pc. kit. and im removing 5 bushes, but only charging $75 for that....

so total is 2835.5 after tax. i will prolly spend about $100 on renting a sod cutter and roller, and plus i will prolly spend about $450 on my employyees, i plan on having 3 others help, and it should be done in about 2 10hr days.

What do you all think, could it be done? is that a fair price? is 2 days enough time with 4 people working? also, there is no existing sod to hall away, its already just soil. please help.

05-19-2004, 12:17 AM
Hmmm... this would be my pricing site unseen and assuming you are regarding "brick" to be an estate or sierra wall stone.

$1100.00 - Sod installation & topsoil 1100sqft
$3075.00 - 410sqft Sierra wall & base Material
$750.00 - 30 low voltage lights (based on your price)
$75.00 - Shrub removal (since I'm there anyway)

$437.50 Tax

$5437.50 Total

I think your prices are way low, but as far as time 2 days is plenty. We would have that done in 3/4 to 1 day. ;)

05-19-2004, 12:30 AM
so thats about
$1460 for materials (sod is $150, bricks about 1000, lights about $500)
$100 for sodcutter and roller
$80*3(employees)= $240

so i figure 1800 for how much it'll cost me, and then im looking at a $3638 profit?!?!?!?! that seems unreal to me bud. If i offered to do the job for that much, i dont think i would get it.

but who knows. i also need a program to show him what it would look like... any suggestions?

05-19-2004, 12:58 AM
You can never make more money unless you ask for it.

I'm with paponte.....seems way low.

Does the customer have a budget for the project. If so, find out what it is and act on that number. Don't just give them your time.
Sell your service...they'll pay.

hole in one lco
05-19-2004, 12:59 AM
if its bare soil why do you need a sod cutter

05-19-2004, 09:31 AM
good question. lol. i guess i dont need a sod cutter then eh

05-19-2004, 09:47 AM
if you fo quality work you shouldnt have a problem getting more money.

05-20-2004, 02:53 PM
I cannot believe you guys would charge that much for laying sod. Here I can get one pallet for $65 and would only charge $100 per pallet... 1100 ft would only on just over 2 pallets.

05-21-2004, 10:33 PM
how much top soil are you gonna put down? and why use top soil, unless you are working with very poor ground?

05-22-2004, 12:40 AM
Hey i have a question? Why charge tax? Its Capitol Improvement, ask yur accountant about it....might help ya sell a few more jobs


05-28-2004, 11:06 PM
"preimier landscaping" maybe you need to stick to studing more, since your don't seem to know how to change your blades.
After all, you're only 16!