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Sod Install Queries

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by matthew horner, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    Just a few questions. I'm trying to bid "in the market" for sod install. I'm out of sanford, nc.

    I've heard everything from .30 to 1.35 per square foot.

    Sounds low and high. What is the going rate. I'm bidding a 9000 square foot job and want to be accurate.

    Also, on existing turf, can I just round up and till and fert and regrade and water and expect good results?

  2. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    By the way, I'm getting my sod for $150 per 504 square feet.
  3. weenatl

    weenatl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    9000 sq ft would be about 18 pallets.
    I would charge at least $1800.
    You can charge $100 to $150 a pallet
    That would include prep. and install. You can add more labor charges if needed. I haven't seen your site.
  4. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696

    you would charge that price including the sod, or just to install, on top of the sod price?

    Site is easy to get to, with a small hill
  5. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    my sod price per +/- 400 sq ft is $70

    I pick it up and deliver it myself. My charge is $90 for the sod and $145 to throw it (per pallet) with a 2 pallet minimum. Soil prep (like roto tilling or round up then roto tilling) is extra. I bid that at $60 per hour, but I charge it by the job. IE I think it will take 5 man hours to till so I say $300 for tilling. Never quote a by the hour price to the client.

    I don't / won't just throw on top of existing weeds / grass. The sod will not make it then you have bad publicity / lawsuit. They pay for prep or they don't get done.

    Materials and 1/2 labor paid in advance, the rest due upon completion.
  6. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    for 400sq ft i pay 48$ for. .12 cents a sq ft. and i charge $1 per sq ft to install it, plus what ever machine i would need to rent, like sod cutter, big tiller, and i'd just buy a roller. but sense its such a large quanity i would charge about 60 cents a sq ft, plus prep time, plus machine.... i would charge any where from 5800-9300 for a job like that.
  7. venecular

    venecular LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 122

    If you are paying $150 per pallet in your location then you may want to look somewhere else. That seems very high. In Ga I can get one pallet (504 ft) for $65.
  8. matthew horner

    matthew horner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 696


    Thats what i pay for centipede. It seems like the going rate in my area. I get it from a big sod company in raleigh.
  9. weenatl

    weenatl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    $1800 - $2000 just to till, rake, and install.
    This should be easy $$$
    First day prep.
    Second day install
    Should take 3 or 4 people around 6-8 hrs. to install.
  10. weenatl

    weenatl LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Maybe add your helps pay in this too.
    3 more men for 2 day out 8hrs a day. Some where around $500
    You can profit $1800 - $2000 in two days. Not bad.
    These are loose numbers. I'm just giving figures.
    I wish I had this job this month!

    P.S. look for lower prices on sod.

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