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Old 09-11-2019, 02:06 AM   #1
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I am looking to get sod replaced in my front lawn (~200sq ft). I was looking at Craiglist and saw an individual offering an attractive rate ($1.5 sq ft). I will inquire but I am not sure if this individual is licensed and/or bonded. For sod installation, is this important? I can understand if I was having any other type of work done (electrical / plumbing / big stuff) I would definitely want that.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:24 AM   #2
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Geez, 200 square feet is such a small area I would either do it myself or just hire a neighborhood kid if I couldn't install it myself.
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I am looking to get sod replaced in my front lawn (~200sq ft).
40 foot of frontage x 5 feet? 20 foot of frontage x 10 feet?


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..and saw an individual offering an attractive rate ($1.5 sq ft).
How much for the rest of the job?
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Usually a life safety trade is licensed by the state. Sodding would not be life safety (although who knows in CA). If you are talking about license as in a real IRS recognized business, that's another topic. Bonding with the city seems moot for sod, usually sodding does not require permit (as it is not considered "digging"). If you get a written estimate, have them write on it "all required permits, license/bonds, and insurance provided by contractor."

200sf is just 20 rolls of sod.
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If you are replacing existing grass or sod then who is doing the removal and preparation. IMO, that part could cost the $300 you were quoted. And does it include removal and disposal of any old grass/sod removed?

If what you have was sod I would be concerned as to why it dies, maybe the base wasn't properly prepared.

In regards to your actual question, never heard of needing a license or bond for installing sod. Just call a reputable company and get a proper quote. Good companies will want your grass to grow perfectly to maintain their reputation.

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I agree with the others having the contractor have a license and be bonded is probably overkill for this type of work. I would however do a quick check with my homeowners insurance to make sure it would cover somebody doing yard work on your property. Extensive reflow that he will get hurt but if he does.....
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