IS my price in line?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tramahor, Mar 25, 2002.

  1. tramahor

    tramahor LawnSite Member
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    Ok guys have another question for you. I have a customer that wants the price of a sod job vs. seed. Please tell me how you would price it and if my price is in line. Thanks....
    The area is 3710 ft2 and is flat, no hills and 2 trees. I can buy sod for .29 ft2. my price to spray round-up, till, grade and top-soil would be $1.00 a ft2., With all material Im looking @ approx 1400.00. I would charge 3700 for the job- 1400.00 my cost that would leave 2300.00 profit.

    Now to seed, I would charge .25 a ft2 to seed, fert, and topdress. Plus my hourly rate of 27.50 to do the prep. So Im looking @ 927.50 plus prep @ 8 hours 220.00 = 1147.50

    Please remember I am form Ca. And am solo and legal

    Ramirez Landscaping Co.:cool:
     
  2. tramahor

    tramahor LawnSite Member
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    lets not all answer at one time now lol ..........
     
  3. tramahor

    tramahor LawnSite Member
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    thanks for all the good advice....
     
  4. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Seems expensive to me.
     
  5. fastrunner

    fastrunner LawnSite Member
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    lets not get cocky now, you just posted 10 minutes ago.

    the price to me sounds about two times to high.. i think they would laugh at you in your face. 2300 dollars profit for a small half day sod job seems very expensive, but if you can get that, hell yeah id do it.
     
  6. tramahor

    tramahor LawnSite Member
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    so if this is too expensive what would you charge, I think that is right in line for sod, 1.00 ft2 is the going rate for sod install. I really am not sure I have always done maint. for years and am new at install. Please help thanks
     
  7. millenniumlandscape

    millenniumlandscape LawnSite Member
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    The price for sod seems a little low to me, but I may not be under standing the sq. footages. I charge $2.80 a roll, that includes prep and fertilizer. Now seeding is a different story. I charge anywhere from .12 to .20 cents per sq. foot. That includes prep, fertilizer and bale chopping straw over the finished product. Hope that helps you.

    Millenniumland:cool:
     
  8. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    You didn't say what was in this place now. Is it weeds? existing grass? You mentioned spraying round-up. I assume that's for weeds.

    If you spray round-up you're gonna want to wait at least a few weeks before laying the sod. But a lot of times we don't use the round-up. We till 2-3 times and the weeds get demolished. Then with the new topsoil and sod, there's no way they're coming back up.

    Your price seems about right. Maybe on the low side, but not too bad. In my area Landscapers charge about $1.00 - $1.50 per sq. ft. $1.00 is what we charge if there is nothing there and the soil is clean and good. We'll charge $1.25 if we need to rototill and $1.50 if there is existing grass and we are going to use a sod cutter and remove it first.

    The bigger the project, the more I'll come down in price. So if I had a 3000 sq. ft. job like this I may come down to $1.00 per sq. ft. if conditions were right.
     
  9. Gtotoy

    Gtotoy LawnSite Member
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    cuz is rude, why is anyone helping him
     
  10. tramahor

    tramahor LawnSite Member
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    Thanks again Jim, I know I can count on your advice......
     

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