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Bidding on a Sod job

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by bigclawnman, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. bigclawnman

    bigclawnman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 121

    Ok guys. I have a small sod job to do, but not really sure how to bid it or charge for it. Is there like a flat fee per sq foot, or do you just figure out how long it will take you and charge an hourly fee plus the materials. Would apprecaite any help you can give me. Thanks
  2. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    I charge by the day... I need to make a certain amount of money per day to get the profit margin I need.

    Square foot pricing doesn't really work out that well for me. Small sod jobs can blow a day quick.
  3. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 683

    Theres a lot a variables. Do a search..there have been several threads on this in the past few weeks. Some areas were MUCH less expensive then others. Sod prices varried from less then $100 per 600sqft pallet to almost $200 for the same pallet.
    I will take 2 guys about 1/2 hr to lay a pallet. Is any prep work required?
    Topsoil, compost, fert,??
  4. JNyz

    JNyz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,087

    You should be good if you bid 1.00/sq ft, unless it is under 500 sq. then you will have to bid more.
  5. socallawndude

    socallawndude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I agree there are huge discrepancies amongst regions. Being in Southern California I can tell you things are typically more expensive, but a good deal of that is offset by lowballing from our neighbors to the south...but I would say from my own experience just bid on the basis of man hours and if you work over, just eat it; otherwise if it takes less time you're stoked.
  6. socallawndude

    socallawndude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    And all it takes it once to know how long a certain job will take you, then you're better prepared in the future.

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