Installation Bids - How low would you go?

Critical Care

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Central Oregon
If he gets the contract, a friend of mine wants to sub out some new installations to me, though the property owner wants things done real cheap. I was told that these lawns would be small, probably less than 1000 s.f. and that there would be some bark around the edges with a few shrubs and small trees. Nothing specific at this time, but I was asked if I could do these installations for $1000, ballpark figure. Seems way low to me. Even without knowing more, I see two irrigation zones and backflow, around six yards of topsoil, several yards of mulch, and plants. Even $1,500 seems scary. Right?

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Avery

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Kitty Hawk, NC
Yep. Way too low. Give me a material list and more info on the irrigation and I can tell you exactly how low (based on my market).
 

Cutters Lawn Care

LawnSite Senior Member
Tell him if he want things done real cheap he's come to the wrong person. 1000 is very unreasonable.
 
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Critical Care

Critical Care

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Central Oregon
Hmm... well, at this point there is no material list. I'm guessing that the area for turf would be 800 - 1000 s.f., perhaps several hundred in bark mulch, two zones on the irrigation (one for the turf, and one drip for the few shrubs and trees). I did some number crunching, figuring topsoil, sod, trenching, etc., and cost alone without profit appears to be around 1000. Avery, I know you do a lot of installs, but if someone gave you a 1000 dollar bill and told you to put in landscape with that money, how far would you get?
 

bill--bls

LawnSite Member
Location
Bakersfield,Ca.
Good morrning Critical Care, useing the prices here in central calif. you will have about $650.00 in irrigation and sod, add plant, mulch, curbing and labor. I can not see you making $$ on this.
Down here we charge $ 1.30 to $1.50 per sq. ft. for multible new home contracts. hope this helps you
 

D Felix

LawnSite Bronze Member
Critical-
IIRC, we were charging about $1.10/sq ft for grading AND seeding last spring, so if someone were to give us a check for $1000, probably all that would get done is the lawn, no additional soil figured in...

BTW- if someone is wanting something done really cheap, you probably don't want to be involved anyway, even if you can make money... You'll end up smelling like crap along with them over time.
HTH.


Dan
 
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Critical Care

Critical Care

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Central Oregon
Dan, the bad reputation deal is exactly what my ex-employer told me when I asked him about these jobs. You guys are correct. I've been doing mostly maintenance and irrigation jobs and so job costing installations is new to me. Pricing per square foot sounds like a great way for an estimate, but Bill, when you say $1.30 or $1.50 per sq. ft. what does that include? - thanx
 

LandMatters

LawnSite Member
Location
Frederick, Md
$1000 will keep my 3 man crew at one house for a full day, not including any materials. (it obviously shouldn't take a full day to plant an average to small size lawn.)
 
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