Have a qouestion for the guys in Jacksonville, FL

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by SnDLawnCare, May 26, 2007.

  1. SnDLawnCare

    SnDLawnCare LawnSite Member
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    I have a customer ask what it would cost to sod there lawn if they buy the sod.

    Its roughly 8500 sq ft corner lot. I have to remove the old sod and lay new. Whats the going rate per square ft here in jax?

  2. SnDLawnCare

    SnDLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    Can anybody help?
  3. start2finish

    start2finish LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 497

    ever look in a automotive repair shop and see a sign that says 25% surcharge for customer supplied parts. NO WARRANTY

    double your normal price, circuit city doesn't install equipment bought at best buy. If your customer wants to buy sod then let them lay it.
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    Actually, you can work this to your adavntage. Charge them just your normal markup and labor if you had bought the sod yourself. But again, it's on them with warranty issues. You make the same amount of money with no after-hassles.:)
  5. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,416

    Use it to your advantage, mark out the spots were you want the sod to be laid out. Charge them an extra 25-30% without providing them a warranty. Its a win situation for you. It shouldn't matter what's the going rate. Laying sod takes skill and you have to basic knowledge. Charge so you can make some serious money off the job, be aggressive. Does the property have any obstacles. Who measured the property for them? Are they going to order 10% for shortfalls? Who's going to prep the yard. More than likely whatever price you give these people there not going to be satisfied. So charge what you think is fair. Alot of companies wont lay sod down here. If I were you I would shop around to see if the sod farm would drop it for me and just charge you % on top of that.
  6. cpel2004

    cpel2004 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,416

    My rate is 500 for the first two-four pallets that includes prep, sod and installation. One pallet is 600. Anyhting after 4 its 450 per installed pallet.
  7. SnDLawnCare

    SnDLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    Thanks for the help

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