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Double Checking Estimate.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by White Gardens, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    So, A homeowner is trying to sell her mothers old property. It had major water issue and the foundation was redone on one side. Needless to say it's a flip type of situation.

    They want me to lay sod. The foundation guys did an awesome job of grading and keeping good black soil on top. No clods, crap, ect, hardly any prep is going to be involved.

    Details, and my estimate,

    4800 square feet of sod- 1700.............my cost- 1080
    6 yards of mulch- ...........350.........................-225
    6 plants/shrubs- .............325.........................-270
    Fertilizer - ......................45..........................-15
    Labor-......................... 1100.............-Price of Food and sanity in the heat :laugh:

    Total-...........................3520........................-1590

    This is the first reasonable sod job I've done. They've always been 2 pallets or less. So, what do you guys think ??
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    bumpity, bump, bump
     
  3. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Posts: 3,556

    Using YOUR material costs provided, I would charge $4,799.
     
  4. ANC Stone Creations

    ANC Stone Creations LawnSite Member
    Posts: 160

    Up around Seattle area I would charge $6500-$7000 with a 3 man crew, and finish in a day.
    $6500 - $1590 = $4910

    I would have to say that I would not lay sod for any less than $1.5 - $2 a sq. ft.
     
  5. Bull

    Bull LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 308

    I would be at $3975.00 if the prep work is as little as you say it is.
     
  6. JJS

    JJS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 334

    I,d charge more for the plants.
     
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    The more and more I was thinking about it, I was thinking the job should come in around 4200 or so.

    Some of the material and plant costs were ballparks. I think I can use 4 yards of mulch instead of 6, and the plant pricing was for higher end of 6 plants.

    Thanks guys, I did feel a little low and thanks for confirming that.
     
  8. kmwharley

    kmwharley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    I would say you are not too far off from what I would charge. I sell all materials at retail then add my labor charge +10% for delivery, fuel and so on.
     
  9. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    My problem is that most of my customers know how to go price plants, materials, ect. I make sure to put Astrix in my quotes to show that shipping and handling has been included.

    I only get 15- 25 percent discount on my plants, but I don't want to charge so high that people are going to bad-mouth my practices. So charging whole-sale to retail isn't quite feasible when I'm not getting exactly wholesale prices to begin with. Besides, They companies I by from cover the warranties so I don't have to. :laugh:

    I did get the quote up to 4300. I think it's reasonable, I'll make a good profit on the job and so on. I would probably try to go closer to 5000 if I lived closer to Chicago where cost of living is higher.

    Thanks again for the help, I was kinda sketchy on listing prices in a public forum, hope it wasn't a big deal.
     

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