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When you figure out the sq footage of a property..

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by MJK, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. MJK

    MJK LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    do you just do the length of it times the width? Including the house and drive way? I'm doing a sod job for a house and just wondered. THanks

  2. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    Subtract everything that wont be sodded and then you will have actual sq. yds. then add another 25% for cut and waste
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    When I measure for a fert or lime or overseed I usually include the house and driveway, a little extra is good.
    On a sod job, I would think there would be alot left over and would be kinda exspensive for the homeowner to absorb. Ive never laid any sod, I dont know how much overlap or how much extra you allow according to your dimensions

  4. NJLAWN#1

    NJLAWN#1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Some questions on here amaze me. How do you get in the position to bid on this job without any common sense.

    25% for cuts etc thats 2,500sqft on 10,000sqft that will leave you with 5 pallets of sod you need to remove from location i go for acurate measurements and round up sold over 500,000sqft of sod this year never came up short and at most had a pallet left over.

    Accurate measurement is important in pricing and profiting
  5. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    I agree that there is absolutely no reason to need 25% more sod than the area you need to sod. Oredering an extra 500 square feet might be well worth the extra $150 to make sure you don't have to come back, though.
  6. kootoomootoo

    kootoomootoo LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,369

    We just sod the drive and inside the house. Makes the math a lot easier.*trucewhiteflag*
  7. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    You got to admit this site can be entertaining:clapping: Like i have posted many time i wonder if doctors have a site like this and make a thread of how to do brain surgery:hammerhead:
  8. tjsquickcuts

    tjsquickcuts LawnSite Senior Member
    from Atlanta
    Messages: 943

    Specialty work such as laying sod is different.....then you want to measure as accurately as possible so your bid isn't outrageous and offensive.....But for your basic maintenance I measure the entire property.....
  9. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    for what its worth i add a yard of compost/leaf gro per 1,000 ft2 @ $90/yard and then lay sod.........as an option

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