Sod bid need help.

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by radracer, Nov 4, 2005.

  1. radracer

    radracer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    I have a customer that wants me to install 1,585' sq of sod in her back yard. The area is flat and square with one tree to cut around. There is very little grass there so prep work is minimal. I figure I will need 1,650' sq of sod so I will have extra. I pay $150.00 for a 500' sq pallet. I will have two hours total drive time to get there and back. The sod will have to be dropped off in the front and wheeled to the back about a 50' distance. With gas, topsoil, sod fertilizer and labor (employee only not me) I will have $810.00 invested. I was thinking of charging $1,100.00 (.66 per sq foot) installed for this job. Am I off base with this price? What would you charge? Any help is appreciated.

    Also I have to install 4 yards of river rock at the same place cost is $75.00 yard. What do you guys charge for labor to lay the rock. On mulch I multiply by 3 but that sounds really high to me. What do you think?

  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Well,your sod alone is going to be $600.00 right"?That leaves you 210.00 out of the 810 you say you will have invested to pay for two hours drive gas,a helpers pay ,topsoil,delivery,fertilizer.I would say something is wrong right there in your thinking.Cuz that only leaves you $290.00 to make on the whole job and that is not even worth the drive or the effort
    for that price.
    How much to charge for applying 4 yards of rock depends on how far you have to move that rock .So I can't give you a number.
  3. radracer

    radracer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Sheshovel thanks for the reply. I figured $500 for the sod. I will have to buy the full 2000' sq but I am using the rest on another job and charging them accordingly.
    $500 sod delivered
    $125 employee
    $ 50 gas
    $ 50 topsoil
    $ 50 fert.
    $ 35 roller

    I figured drive time included we should be done in an 8 hour day. So that leaves $290.00 for me/business. Not a lot I agree but work is slow right now. That is why I started this thread, to see how far off I was. What would you charge?

  4. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    2000 sqft sod 270$ on site... Fert 23$.... labor 100$ in paid worker after taxes etc .... Black dirt 4 yards $37... Debris Removal 15$

    Grand total 445

    Price customer sees

    2000 Sqft sod 270*2.3= 621$ Fert 65$ Labor 500$ Black dirt Four yards 64$ Debris removal 95$

    Grand total 1345

    Profit margin 900$
  5. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    sorry wrong sod price never mind my post... we only deal with blue grass around here
  6. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    I cant belive how much your paying for sod, its only 11 cents a sq foot here. For something like that i'd charge about 1900 including a tear out, 7 yards of topsoil, sod, roller and all that good stuff.

    So figure if you were paying my prices, it'd be:
    2000 sq feet of sod: 220+tax
    Roller & Fert: 30
    employee: 100
    7 yards topsoil: 50
    then figure an extra 100 for stuff that is unforseen

    So thats 500 in material and 1400 profit for about 5 hours of work.

    so with your prices you should be around the 2400. but it all depends on what your market can get you.
  7. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    I wish I could get that but it seems as tho any hillbilly in the countryside thinks they can lay sod for cheeper then I can buy it for. I'm confused. :dizzy:
  8. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,282

    I am in Tampa and charge $0.85 sq/ft for installs on new sod with little/no site prep work.
    As far as the rock, I charge 5 times the price of a mulch job because it is such a PITA to do. It is a monster to shovel out of the back of the truck and then wheelbarrow, not to mention putting the landscaping fabric down. SO I always charge five times the price of my mulching jobs.
  9. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    radracer your too cheap.and your paying too much for your sod.30 cents a foot?Try to hit middle ground with a bid of $2000.00 and leave it at that I guess.Not including moving the rock..that should be about 65.00 a yard labor alone DEPENDING ON how far it has to go.
  10. justanotherlawnguy

    justanotherlawnguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,282

    He is not paying too much for sod. Down here a 500 sq foot pallet of st augustine/floratam (which is all anyone uses in this area) goes for $150.00per pallet. More if it is delivered. Most of the nurserys around here all charge the same prices for sod/mulch/dirt/plants.
    Sod goes so fast down here it is not even funny:blob3:

    You can get Bahia for $60 or so, but nobody wants that crap!!!!!

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