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Checking my price for a sod job

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Bass1, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Bass1

    Bass1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I have 250 sq ft of sod to install at a apartment complex, this is what my estimate is I was going to check and see if you all think this is to high?

    250sqft @ .80 to install= $200.00
    3 hours of prep @ $50.00= $150.00
    Total of $350.00 plus topsoil
  2. doug1980

    doug1980 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    Does that include the price of the sod.
  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,466

    I sounds good to me.

    The 80 cents a sqft includes the sod I assume.

    Top Soil is cheap, I would throw that in to make it look like the customer is getting a good deal.
  4. Bass1

    Bass1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    No they are buying the sod, I was going to charge them 3 hours @ $50.00hr for the prep work, tilling and laying out the topsoil, and also I was going to charge them $.80sqft to lay the sod out. I hope I am pricing this correctly, I do not have to turn the estimate in till the 10th, so I am trying to get this right so I don't screw them or myself.
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,833

    I see guys going thru this tilling thing in our area and I don't get it. We simply take a weedeater and cut whatever is there down and rake it up. Then I cut a little trench around the outside parameter with a flat shovel so new sod wont' be higher than the other grass. It should take a lot less than an hour to prepare and 30 minutes to lay the sod.
  6. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,674

    If you get $200 to lay that you better do a happy dance all the way to the bank. Here I get $100 for a 50 yard pallet (does not include price for the sod). Like said above, whole job would take us less the an hour.
  7. Bass1

    Bass1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I thought this was a good price but i wanted to check, I have not done but two installs. Thanks for all the help.
  8. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,239

    A rule of business is that price equals quality. I took a grass trimmer in today for a carb job. Kit was $15 and $60 to install it. Sign on the wall was Labor--$88/hour.
    Keep in mind that it takes as much effort to lay a pallet of sod as it does a 1/2 pallet. I hire labor at $80/pallet to lay sod. So, your price is OK. Why don't you see if your client will put in irrigation to insure that the sod lives. Without proper water, I will not put down any sod. If it is not irrigated, get something on the contract that states that in case it dies from lack of water then you will not be liable or be responsible for a re-install which would doom your profit margin.
  9. terrapro

    terrapro LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,234

    That "tilling thing" is the proper way to prepare and install sod. The difference is the quality.

    Does your way work? Probably sometimes. Does that mean you should do it that way? No.

    To the original poster- Why are you charging a flat $.80 per? Why dont you just continue with your hourly rate then there won't be any surprises for you and the customer?
  10. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,851

    WHAT? does this say what I think it says... Hess lawns preps sod jobs with weedwackers? Does- ah- this- ah .... am I missing something

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