According to Costhelper, in 2014 the cost of sod for homeowner installation ranges between 8 and 30 cents per square foot. Having the sod professionally installed doubles the cost per square foot. Buying directly from a sod wholesaler is often a less expensive option for self-installation.
Installing sod provides an instant lawn. The process requires a lot of manual labor, but no special skills. The mats or rolls for use by homeowners are relatively small to minimize weight. When having sod professionally installed, the landscapers use machines that lay rolls of 42-inch sod to minimize seams and reduce the labor required. Homeowners should expect to pay additional costs if the lawn includes steep slopes or irregular shapes.