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Bad sod job to fix

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Accent01, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Accent01

    Accent01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Okay so i get this call from a lady that works for a contruction contracting comapny saying she wants to ask some question about sod. So i call her up and she says they did a remodle job and had to replace the sod the dozer and stuff tore up. So they hired a pretty well known guy in my town, no biggy.And they said he did a bad job and would like me to go look at and see what i think. so i did and it looks like some 5 year old did it , it's really bad. Sod didn't come together, laid it on top of old gas, was an inch unlevel with the other side of the yard, just really bad. I call her and say okay all this that was laid down needs to be tore back up and redone (it's only about 450sq. ft). Gound needs to be tilled and drop to match the other side, and leveled out like it needed to be done the frist time. She says okay and puts me on the phone with her boss, i tell him. Then he ask what would i charge to fix and redo the yard. I run my figures and stuff call them back and i can do it for $1700. She said that was high and needed to talk to her boss. Okay no problem. There wanting a cheap fix like the one they already had done. What is it with cheap company's that would rather do it wrong the 2 or 3 times before they want it done right?:hammerhead:
  2. Michdeere

    Michdeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    $1700 does seem a little high for 50 yards of sod & the prep work... Maybe the market is a bit better in your area? Good luck though!
  3. Accent01

    Accent01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Well when you figure in labor, and other misc. things, plus profit gotta have that. Did tell her the lowest i could go is $1300. The other guy didn't even prep it he just mowed it to the ground then just laid the sod on top. So i have to fix his mess then lay the goods down.
  4. fredmullegun

    fredmullegun LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 317

    Wait so did you tell them 1300 or 1700?
  5. tlc23

    tlc23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 134

    I don't care what area you are in, that price is outrageous. If you can get 1700 for a pallet of sod and prep, I'm packing my things and moving.
  6. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    I agree with this - Down here a pallet of sod 400 SQ FT = $300 if you are lucky. There are folks all over craigslist that over sod install for under $200 a pallet here. If you can get $1300 let me know, I will pack the trailer and be right there.
  7. Michdeere

    Michdeere LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I kind of thought so...
  8. bigslick7878

    bigslick7878 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 809


    You are out of your mind.

    1 pallet installed should be half of your price, and you are still making out.
  9. Accent01

    Accent01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

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  10. Accent01

    Accent01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 42

    Okay 1 pallet of sod $150, 3cy of loam $120, sod cutter to get up old sod $80 a day, Tiller to dig down 1" to make even with other half of yard $70, 16 hrs of labor 8 hrs. per person at 25hr., plus travel time and gas to go get sand and sod witch closet to me is an hour away. So maybe a little high but still looking close to $1000. You can't do sod jobs here for $300 or less. The cheapest maybe $500 and that's if you already have things in your posseion already don't have to go rent stuff.

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