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Sod installation quote

Discussion in 'Bidding, Estimating and Pricing' started by Our Backyard, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. Our Backyard

    Our Backyard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I did my first sod job last week and the results landed me three more proposals in the same neighborhood. I was curious how much people charge for sod installation. The yards range from 2,500 to 4,500 square feet. My first job was only 1,500 square feet and charged $1,000 in labor. What is the going rate. (I live in the Atlanta area)
  2. Mowing monkey.

    Mowing monkey. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,084

    The last job I bid I didn’t put much effort into it because I didn’t think I would get the job and I didn’t but I was at about $1 a foot plus surface prep and sod shipping cost.
  3. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,386

    Did you have any soil prep or just laying?
  4. OP
    Our Backyard

    Our Backyard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Soil prep-tilling and compost

  5. OP
    Our Backyard

    Our Backyard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    this is my second job as I also am a restaurant manager. I’m a one man crew but I might bring in on to help lay this time as the yard is much bigger than my last project of 1,500 square feet

    GRANTSKI LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,098

    I priced my first one @ $3 per sq ft for 1600sq ft. including some demo and prep but not much -mostly just surface grading since it’s bare soil . Lady didn’t even flinch @ the price.
  7. Steve

    Steve LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from NE FL
    Messages: 1,709

    A pallet of sod here cost anywhere from $200-$250 per pallet and range from 400-500 sqr ft. People here charge anywhere from $350-$600 to lay a pallet.
  8. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Fanatic
    from Chicago
    Messages: 8,112

    I'm usually in the $3-$4 price range when everything is said and done. Prep, install and clean up.

    Most of my sod installs are under 1000 sqft. Did this one last year which was a bit over 1000 for $4k
    hort101 likes this.
  9. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,494

    On smaller properties your $/hr will be higher
    It costs just as much to get there, plan it, and clean up afterwards on a small job as it dies on a big job.

    So there is “efficiency” to be found on a bigger job, resulting in a price range.

    Also the amount of prep involved, do you have to remove and disposed of old vegetation for example?
    How much subsoil do you need to import?
    Although sod has its own topsoil it’s typically not enough,
    Are you getting it by the pallet or jumbo roll and using a machine to unroll it?
    This also gives you a range

    Factor everything you have to pay for: Sod, soil, fertilizer, dump fees etc. multiple it by 2.5 and then by 3
    This will give you an idea of the range

    Example if your costs are $1 per square foot
    You could be in the price range of $2.50 - $3.00 per square foot
    Meaning a 4,000 square foot job might cost $10,000 -$12,000

    Now reverse engineer that
    Subtract your direct costs of materials : $4000
    That means you have $8000 left
    The job is 12,000
    You want 20% profit
    That’s $2400
    Subtract that leaving you with $5600
    Subtract fuel and other indirect costs and you’re at $5000
    At $60/hr that’s going to give you 83 man hours to complete the job.
    Or roughly three guys 3 days.

    Is that too much?
    Too little?
    You can adjust your price from there, now that you have bracketed yourself

    Figure 4,000 sq ft will be about 10 pallets
    There will be about 10% waste so it’s really 11 pallets

    So if demo and prep is day one.
    Can your crew lay 11 pallets in two days? (5.5 per day)

    This is how you get your price

    There’s no such thing as “the going rate”
    GRANTSKI and hort101 like this.

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