New Sodding Job

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Lawnster, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. Lawnster

    Lawnster LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I have owned a lawn business for a few years now. It has only been a side business but I want to take it to the next level. My full time job is selling building materials, so I have a lot of contact with builders and developers. One of my customers is getting ready to start a new development consisting of 275 homes with lots ranging from 100X100 to 150X150. He has asked me to get him a price on sodding these lots after home construction. They are semi-wooded lots with homes ranging from 3500-4500sq ft. I worked on a golf course for several years, so I am very familiar with how to lay sod, I just don't know what a good price is. WHAT DO I DO???????:

  2. bigandy

    bigandy LawnSite Member
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    Why not take the area the houses will approxiamtely cover off of the square footage of the lots, allow for driveways and any slopes that would have to pinned, and then give him a ballpark estimate per lot based on your price per square foot for laying sod. On a site that hasnt even been built on yet I dont know how you could get much closer.
  3. Lawnster

    Lawnster LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    I have got all that figured out, I just don't know what to charge for install.
  4. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
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    Do you have a sod layers license? You may want to check with your states licensing board and proceed from there.
  5. o-so-n-so

    o-so-n-so LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 1,218

    I would start by adding up ALL my cost for one lot. Include your profit and do the math to get a price per sq. ft. or per 1000 sq.

    You can lay sod fairly cheap. Its the prep that will eat your lunch. Don't overlook the prep time. I would factor in renting a SS with a harley rake. Time will be important to the builder.

    When you get a figure per sq. ft...repost with the figures and how you got that and we will see if your on track.....Job costing 101...:)
  6. cleancutccl

    cleancutccl LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 698

    we charge anywhere from 2.50 to 3.00 per yard, including material, just to lay the sod, prep work is done on an hourly cost depending on the machines we will use. Some people do sod very cheap, I know of one company that charges 1.80 per yard to lay it including sod that costs 1.50 per yard.
  7. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    I charge $275 per pallet (400 sq ft) includes sod delivered and installed.
    my cost on sod and delivery with spotting is $135 per pallet with a discount if I buy over 10 pallets ($130)
    ground prep is extra. grading, chem killing, tilling or any of that runs $100+ per hour, billed at a set amount not hourly.

    major hills, inablility to spot sod across lawn area raises costs appropriate amount at $100 per man hour for increased labor.

    We get sod in 30" x 18" (more or less) squares. if you get yours rolled or in the mega rolls things would be very different.

    Another option, especially if you don't have the crew, is just check with a large sod company and sub the job out to them. 5 or 10% fee added on top. make sure you get paid the money from the contractor and then pay the sod company.
  8. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Posts: 5,407

    Are you kidding?

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Before you even begin to bid on this one, I have to ask you if you can afford to finance the job for 45 days. You will have to make payroll every week as well as pay for fertilizer, sod, fuel for machines and any associated BS pertaining to the job. If you can't finance the work, don't even waste your time bidding. The builder on his best day will pay you within 10 days of invoice, assuming you billed by the 25th, and after you put in 25 days work, supplies, and so fourth.

    I got my sod layers license while getting my unit serviced last night. It's just about time to renew it again :):):)
  10. The Cowboy

    The Cowboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 617

    I didn't know sod laying was illegal. I'd never even thought of a licence for something as stupid as this. I wonder if I am going to need a licence now to drive my mower as well.

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