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Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by RedWingsDet, May 18, 2004.

  1. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    a customer wants 1100 sq ft of sod put in, im charging 500, they also want 410 ft of the brick edging put in 3 tall that is a ft long each im charging 1500 for that, they also want lights put in and im charging $600 for that because they want 30 and its $240 for a 15pc. kit. and im removing 5 bushes, but only charging $75 for that....

    so total is 2835.5 after tax. i will prolly spend about $100 on renting a sod cutter and roller, and plus i will prolly spend about $450 on my employyees, i plan on having 3 others help, and it should be done in about 2 10hr days.

    What do you all think, could it be done? is that a fair price? is 2 days enough time with 4 people working? also, there is no existing sod to hall away, its already just soil. please help.
  2. paponte

    paponte LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,366

    Hmmm... this would be my pricing site unseen and assuming you are regarding "brick" to be an estate or sierra wall stone.

    $1100.00 - Sod installation & topsoil 1100sqft
    $3075.00 - 410sqft Sierra wall & base Material
    $750.00 - 30 low voltage lights (based on your price)
    $75.00 - Shrub removal (since I'm there anyway)

    $437.50 Tax

    $5437.50 Total

    I think your prices are way low, but as far as time 2 days is plenty. We would have that done in 3/4 to 1 day. ;)
  3. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    so thats about
    $1460 for materials (sod is $150, bricks about 1000, lights about $500)
    $100 for sodcutter and roller
    $80*3(employees)= $240

    so i figure 1800 for how much it'll cost me, and then im looking at a $3638 profit?!?!?!?! that seems unreal to me bud. If i offered to do the job for that much, i dont think i would get it.

    but who knows. i also need a program to show him what it would look like... any suggestions?
  4. o-so-n-so

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

    You can never make more money unless you ask for it.

    I'm with paponte.....seems way low.

    Does the customer have a budget for the project. If so, find out what it is and act on that number. Don't just give them your time.
    Sell your service...they'll pay.
  5. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    if its bare soil why do you need a sod cutter
  6. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    good question. lol. i guess i dont need a sod cutter then eh
  7. fishman644

    fishman644 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    if you fo quality work you shouldnt have a problem getting more money.
  8. venecular

    venecular LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 122

    I cannot believe you guys would charge that much for laying sod. Here I can get one pallet for $65 and would only charge $100 per pallet... 1100 ft would only on just over 2 pallets.
  9. roadhawg3

    roadhawg3 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    how much top soil are you gonna put down? and why use top soil, unless you are working with very poor ground?
  10. landscapingpoolguy

    landscapingpoolguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 821

    Hey i have a question? Why charge tax? Its Capitol Improvement, ask yur accountant about it....might help ya sell a few more jobs


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