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Hi JP! Thank you for your advice. I think I like option 1 the best also.

I did charge him a delivery and a disposal charge separate from the other stuff. $50 there and $50 to the dump that is close to his house.

The final bid we put in and got was $1426.24 including tax. That is for the re-sodding and he wanted his front and back yard mowed and those ugly trees in the courtyard pruned. That is including the $100 for delivery/disposal. 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 and they both served in Ingleside.

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.

Geez I wrote a book! Sorry about that. Thanks for helping you guys are so friendly on this site.
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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.

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its easy you just gestamate the bid like I do, lol

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Lol, That was how this one yard we did today. We didn't realize we couldn't get the Wright Stander into the front area because the gate was too small so we ended up having to use the push mower and it took a lot more time then it should. Let's just say now we know to check the gate width before giving an estimate. Live and learn eh?
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Oops, I'm an idiot and didn't calculate correctly. Now it all makes sense. LOL

The cost for my sod is 150/450 which equals only $.33 per sq. ft.

So how much should the mark up be if you are removing old sod and disposing should I shoot for around $1.50 per sq. ft. or is that too high?
Where are you if getting your sod from? Try to go to a sod farm if possible. You can usually get it for around .15 a sq ft
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The owner also doesn't live in this area so I will be required to travel about 30 min every other day for 3-4 weeks to water. He does not have a sprinkler system.
I know you already got the bid and congratulations on that. I'm just curious tho. Why didn't you offer to put in a sprinkler system? It would of been a great time to do it with no sod there.
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In Texas you have to be licensed to put in a sprinkler system and we are not.

The nearest Sod Farm that I could find is 3 hours away so by the time I drove up there, used manpower and gas, it would have been 6 hours not including the loading time.
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