We are currently pricing a tender for turfing various areas.The specs are turf to be laid on 120mm of topsoil.We are thinking of £15/£20 per square metre but as this is a three year contract would hate to underprice ourselfs.Any help would great ,Cheers Paul
how much turf are you laying over the 3 year contract
You won't underprice if you calculate how much it costs to do then add profit onto that.
in what region are you doing the job because the location has a big impact on the price you can charge ?
Hard to say without knowing what state the ground is prior to laying. I appreciate that you have stated top soil but how is the area going to be handed over to you?
If I'm honest and assume that it is around the Liverpool region I think your price is just a tad on the high side but when you take into consideration that you are fixing the price for three years it sounds about right.
Thanks for all your fast replies.To answer most of your questions,the region is NW England and if accepted we would be called in to turf various sites as builds are completed.Some sites will be more awkward eg slopes,access problems etc. so are trying to allow for these in our pricing.
supply and lay or just lay ??
As with most new builds you will find compacted soil will be an issue along with proper drainage, you will need to factor this into your costs as you don't want to be called back at a later date to rectify any drainage issues!
As the depth of soil is mentioned, are you pricing to supply, wheel and spread top soil as well as supply and lay turf? We have carried out many new build basic landscaping projects and find that although we quote from the Bill of Quantities as above, when we arrive on site the main contractor has already 'found' and spread the 'top soil' .......of sorts! So be prepared for all eventualities!
Dont be afraid to make a call or two to the estimator - he/she are always happy to chat through the specs, it's their job to get it right and you can get to know them.
Good luck Paul.