Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job
If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.

Sod Job!


Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 12-11-2011, 09:14 PM
thegroundscrew's Avatar
thegroundscrew thegroundscrew is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA (425) - 15 minutes from Seattle (206, my city's filthy)
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 4
thegroundscrew is on a distinguished road
Default Sod Job!

I was just asked by a client to perform a sod job when Spring hits. I said that I would call her when the time comes to set up a time and get started. But I dont know how to sod and give estimates for it. It seems quite easy I just dont want to miss any thing important or any hidden tricks.

Can you guys please help on how to properly perform a sod job?
How to estimate for a sod job?
What is the average pice for sod and what size does each come in?

Any advice and thoughts will help. Thanks.

Curtis Michael
President
The Grounds Crew
(425) 765-2638
www.thegroundscrewllc.com
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 12-11-2011, 11:03 PM
thegroundscrew's Avatar
thegroundscrew thegroundscrew is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA (425) - 15 minutes from Seattle (206, my city's filthy)
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 4
thegroundscrew is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
To add on, what tools are required to perform a proper sod job? Hopefuly I dont need heavy equipment as I am not able to fit that in my budget for this year.

What do I use to remove previous lawn?

Thanks for the help guys
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 12-12-2011, 12:04 AM
nickeckes nickeckes is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 60
Rep Power: 4
nickeckes is on a distinguished road
Default

just be honest and tell them you dont know how to do it. you dont want to mess up someones lawn and then have them give your company a negative effect. .
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 12-12-2011, 12:43 AM
thegroundscrew's Avatar
thegroundscrew thegroundscrew is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA (425) - 15 minutes from Seattle (206, my city's filthy)
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 4
thegroundscrew is on a distinguished road
Default

I have a professional that does that type of work for me but he only speaks spanish and minimal english so he wouldn't be that informative. I just want to know that basics of it and what it requires.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 12-12-2011, 07:30 AM
stevef1201 stevef1201 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 1,236
Rep Power: 7
stevef1201 is on a distinguished road
Default

I dont know how much sod is where you are, but here a pallet of sod runs 60 delivered, and 120 installed. That does not include removing old turf, leveling and preparing ground, fertilizer etc. I do know one yard that had an extenxive amount of old turf removed and resodded, I think that the woman told me she paid like a grand.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 12-12-2011, 10:24 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,256
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Curtis,

Also check out my blog, I have two articles on sod removal / install jobs.

Let me know if they help you and also, keep us posted on how this job goes.

Make sure you take some before and after pics too! We'd love to see what you are working on.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 12-12-2011, 05:21 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

The install is easy and we charge by doubling the cost of materials. The prep work is what gets tricky. It could be 20 mins to prep the site it could be 2 hours.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 12-12-2011, 06:03 PM
thegroundscrew's Avatar
thegroundscrew thegroundscrew is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Bellevue, WA (425) - 15 minutes from Seattle (206, my city's filthy)
Posts: 141
Rep Power: 4
thegroundscrew is on a distinguished road
Default

My site professional that is doing the install could not help me so i did some research myself. I found a video on youtube and another source i found. Are these pretty much all i need to know or is their anything else. I get the bidding part now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjELLMlv-Q4&feature=fvsr

http://newyorkrenovator.com/2010/04/...emove-sod.html

THanks for the help.

I heard that sod installation is a good money maker it just requires strenuous physical labor. I was told to get into it because of the money it can potentially bring in.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12-12-2011, 10:50 PM
bruces bruces is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 828
Rep Power: 0
bruces is on a distinguished road
Default

I couldnt open the first video ,but the second one is awesome,why would you rent a sod cutter for a few hours,when you can spend far more time doing manual labour with a shovel .Seriously ,you can rent a sod cutter for $40.00 ,and do a good sized lawn in an hour or so [just cutting that is ] .
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 12-13-2011, 03:27 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,256
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Also something I think we talked about in the past was using a tiller to just till up the grass and the earth to prepare everything for new sod. I remember hearing that it was actually easier to use one of those on a tractor than a sod cutter. Cause with the sod cutter, you still had to cut, roll and remove the old grass, which was labor intensive.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Help with a truck
bdodson89
Today 08:15 PM
Today 08:15 PM
by bdodson89
0 1
Correct me if I'm wrong...
SGL1
Yesterday 02:41 PM
Today 07:38 PM
by SGL1
9 112
Total yard rehab
SGL1
04-23-2015 03:59 PM
Today 06:57 PM
by SGL1
11 234
equipment marketplace?
jrs.landscaping
Today 04:49 PM
Today 06:09 PM
by jrs.landscaping
2 35
Buying contracts /...
greenscaper123
Yesterday 04:46 PM
Today 05:59 PM
by Steve
2 67
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
Today 05:50 PM
by Steve
63 5,393
Lawn Care Service in...
Friscobob
04-24-2015 03:33 PM
Today 05:44 PM
by Steve
4 151
mowfinder
scaypa
Today 05:44 PM
Today 05:44 PM
by scaypa
0 15
what's the big deal...
Tony317
04-25-2015 02:19 PM
Today 05:43 PM
by Steve
3 114
New company in Michigan
SEM
04-24-2015 09:27 PM
Today 05:41 PM
by Steve
4 114
mowing pic
joshlawncare
04-25-2015 12:34 PM
Today 05:40 PM
by Steve
2 105
Big (to me) mulch job
tl757
04-23-2015 05:32 PM
Today 05:38 PM
by Steve
8 222
Newb Question - Multiple...
DependiLawn
04-24-2015 11:36 PM
Today 05:36 PM
by Steve
1 91
I'm Back With The Best...
aduttonater
02-21-2015 12:41 AM
Today 03:35 PM
by Just for Cuts
62 2,648
maintandlawndispatch...
SGL1
04-21-2015 03:31 PM
04-24-2015 04:42 PM
by Steve
9 250
Thoughts on Undocumented...
element009
09-25-2011 11:08 AM
04-23-2015 09:32 PM
by Chilehead
56 15,541
Hello Everyone
DesignsByBnC
04-22-2015 04:07 PM
04-23-2015 02:19 PM
by DesignsByBnC
2 128
The upcoming rainy...
5StarLawnscaping
04-21-2015 01:22 PM
04-23-2015 12:54 PM
by Steve
7 226
color fliers?
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:32 PM
04-23-2015 12:50 PM
by Steve
12 395
WARNING! Especially to...
SC93
04-19-2015 12:05 PM
04-22-2015 01:39 PM
by Steve
14 462
Could be great news for...
SC93
04-14-2015 11:06 PM
04-22-2015 01:28 PM
by Steve
15 531
quick pic
joshlawncare
04-14-2015 07:49 PM
04-21-2015 05:01 PM
by joshlawncare
4 369
Got Inspected today
swstout
08-09-2010 10:31 PM
04-21-2015 03:53 PM
by SGL1
10 4,025
Smoked my first belt!
SGL1
04-20-2015 08:46 PM
04-21-2015 03:28 PM
by SGL1
4 194
Pictures of commercial...
avetslawncare
04-01-2015 09:47 PM
04-21-2015 12:47 PM
by Steve
25 1,044
lawn care business...
holymoly
04-18-2015 02:56 PM
04-21-2015 06:18 AM
by holymoly
3 287
landscape insurance
clarkslawn
03-30-2015 10:14 PM
04-20-2015 10:02 PM
by SGL1
4 508
Poll & Discussion...
CHEESE2009
09-16-2011 06:16 PM
04-20-2015 08:20 PM
by avetslawncare
27 5,702
weed
avetslawncare
04-16-2015 07:56 PM
04-20-2015 01:08 PM
by Steve
4 291
Aerating / Dethaching...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-12-2015 07:53 PM
04-19-2015 08:49 PM
by Chilehead
17 631
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
04-19-2015 09:21 AM
by KJ90
8 1,048
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
03-28-2015 10:56 AM
04-19-2015 05:26 AM
by RSE
22 1,064
Hustler Raptor
SGL1
04-13-2015 09:27 PM
04-18-2015 07:53 AM
by SGL1
15 548
is craiglist good to...
JBENI
04-16-2015 11:11 AM
04-17-2015 10:25 PM
by Wolf4dk
11 460
Am I missing something...
googus
04-11-2015 06:33 PM
04-17-2015 08:01 PM
by avetslawncare
10 577
Hello
sonny54
04-16-2015 09:49 PM
04-17-2015 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 225
Unreal
Chilehead
04-09-2015 09:12 PM
04-17-2015 08:27 AM
by Chilehead
11 609
starting a lawn care...
JBENI
04-14-2015 09:03 AM
04-17-2015 08:03 AM
by JBENI
14 594
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
04-16-2015 07:52 PM
by avetslawncare
23 1,406
New 14 x 7 Enclosed...
whitepropertydetail
04-15-2015 06:46 PM
04-16-2015 03:40 PM
by Steve
1 288
older used dump trucks
SECTLANDSCAPING
09-22-2011 12:33 AM
04-16-2015 12:41 PM
by biglee
21 8,084
Tax Poll
Steve
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
04-15-2015 02:13 PM
by Steve
0 264
lawn care by Aj
aj10261984
04-14-2015 06:50 PM
04-15-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
2 307
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 08:13 AM
04-15-2015 12:54 PM
by SC93
7 1,309
trying to sign up for...
JBENI
04-14-2015 10:20 AM
04-14-2015 12:11 PM
by Steve
1 886
Charging customers for...
Hard-Body lawn & garden
04-14-2015 07:34 AM
04-14-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
1 344
New member
Jdlandscaping,LLC
04-11-2015 03:24 PM
04-14-2015 05:45 AM
by Jdlandscaping,LLC
2 367
hello
oasis_greenscapes
04-01-2015 06:18 PM
04-13-2015 12:03 PM
by Steve
8 606
New Member
Greenturion
04-11-2015 02:00 PM
04-13-2015 11:59 AM
by Steve
1 325
Client with...
OldSalt
04-07-2015 09:47 PM
04-13-2015 11:57 AM
by Steve
8 555
» Popular Tags
apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark blowout bob villa collections commercial contract help curb appeal services demonstration door hangers edging employee problems estimate facebook flyers google grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring how to hydraulic jobs landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website managing a lawn care business marketing more customers business mr dave new mower ordinance past due patio install per hour charge profit on employee push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization sell the vision seo shreaded small engine repair snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro trimmer rack truck new used landscape web design website won't return wood wright stander rh www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:38 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:38 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy