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Estimating New Lawn Install - Your input is helpful!!

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by andyslawncare, Jun 8, 2009.

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  1. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 812

    I will be installing 18 pallets of bermuda sod. Will install for $170/pallet=$3,060
    Grading... I have little experience on pricing...maybe 6 man hrs.??? = $360

    No grading has been done. I will also need to remove aprox. 15 cubic yards of mulch where trees have just been removed. I've budgeted for a roll off container ($350). The rest of the yard just needs to be scraped. I will be renting a skid ($350).

    I will be adding topsoil, but am unsure of how deep to go...Is 1'' sufficient? Most of the soil is fairly decent, especially in the back and side yard...1'' depth would be around 22 yards of soil.

    My Costs: $85/pallet x 18 = $1,530
    $350 roll off container
    $350 skid rental
    $25/yard soil x 22 yards = $550
    Total Job Cost: $2,780

    What I will Charge:
    Sod: $170/pallet x 18 = $3,060
    Site Prep: $1,060 - covers roll off and skid rental
    Soil Install: $770
    Total Cost: $4,890

    I make $2,110 - about$450 labor = $1,660 for 2 days work is on track for what I need to take in...Unless, I can go higher...??

    Please let me know how you would make your numbers different and if I'm on the right track for this project.
     
  2. doug1980

    doug1980 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 276

    You could always mark up for the sod, soil, roll off and equipment rental. Not like the customer knows what all that would cost.
     
  3. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 540

    Your cheap in my opinion. The prep is really cheap considering you have 700 into it to start. I also don't know how well you operate a skid but if you don't have a ton of experiance I'm guessing you underestimate how long it will take. Not knocking your abilities its just a common thing. Not sure how big your pallets are but we charge 3$ a yard for sod to be laid on a fully prepped area.
     
  4. esnipe8

    esnipe8 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 264

    Sounds like you are a little thin in labor. Also do you have overhead factored in?
     
  5. philboudreault

    philboudreault LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    just get a mini excavation company to grade and be ride of you old mulch and crap then come in and bang out the rest. no headaches with rental and time wasted on prep in a machine u might not know how to use very well. meet the guy tell him what needs to be done and how much he charges for the work (40 to 70$ an hour) but hes a pro with his gear it might take him 4 hours to do what u can in 6 or 8 plus u can do other contracts in the mean time. making money while making money at the expense of a bit of money. get what i'm saying
     
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    I'd charge $5500
     

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