Are you looking to place a sod bid for a new lawn care customer? Here is a great chance for you to compare how you put together your bid with how this landscaper put together their winning bid to re-sod a home with 750 sq. ft. of new sod. Read through this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum and see if it points out a few issues you could benefit from in your own bidding.
Because of the location and type of sun and traffic he is getting it was recommended by a sod specialist that we put in Celebration Bermuda which costs $150 a pallet and that covers approximately 450 sq. ft. The area I’m sodding is approx. 750 sq. ft.
I will need to use a rototiller and remove and dispose of the old sod. I am leaning towards using a rototiller vs. a sod cutter because I have researched it is better for ground preparation so that the sod takes to use a rototiller. I also have heard people saying to charge $.75 to $1.50 per sq. ft.
This is what I ended up charging the lawn care customer. I included a delivery and a disposal charge separate from the other stuff. $50 to deliver the sod and $50 for taking any materials to the dump which is close to his house.
The final bid was $1,426.24 including tax. That is for the re-sodding and he wanted his front and back yard mowed and a few ugly trees in the courtyard pruned. I’m guessing that I’m underbidding because he jumped on my offer really quick. I’m not sure if it was because of being too cheap or the fact that he served 30 years in the Navy and he found out my husband is still Active Duty Navy and has been in for 18 years.
I’m guessing that doing this first job will give us a real feel for how hard it is to do it and how much time it takes us so that hopefully the next job that comes our way we will do better. Thankfully, the yard is extremely level so I don’t think I’ll have to worry too much about laying topsoil to even it out.
Any help on our bid price would be greatly appreciated.”
A second lawn care business owner said “I don’t think that’s underbidding. I think that’s a pretty good price for that area and the extra trimming. Trimming doesn’t take long if you rent a gas powered pole pruner.
I charge about $1 per sq ft. my sod also costs about 30 cents per sq ft. To do this job I would have a few options I might go with.
Option 1: Rent a sod cutter to take out all the current grass. Then till to loosen up the soil. Spray the lawn with some water and lay the sod.
Option 2: Spray the area you want to get rid of with round up and wait for it to die. Mow the area real low so you pick up the dead grass/weeds. Till the lawn to loosen the soil. Dampen the soil and lay sod.
Option 3: Till the lawn with live grass/weeds. Remove all the grass/weeds. Dampen the soil and lay sod.
** Which ever way you do it, it seems 5 hours won’t be enough time. It will take you time to dispose of the old grass, load, and unload. It will also take time to cut it out. Laying sod, touch ups, cleaning up, and watering.
Option number 1 is the quickest in my opinion. That is the way I do it. We usually don’t till when we do it this way. We just remove the old sod, wet the ground and lay the sod.
I know you already got the bid and congratulations on that. One thing I would have added is to offer to put in a sprinkler system. It would of been a great time to do it with no sod there. Keep that in mind for the next time.”
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