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lovesmtns 10-07-2012 05:07 PM

new construction - superintendent + Contractors markup
I'd having a new house built on my lot. I have one estimate (and waiting on two more) for rough plans for the house.

Among the items, was one for "Superintendent" at about 4.4% of the total before the contractors markup (which is 15% right now).

I would think that this would be included as part of the builders markup, them being the general contractor?

Is this common or am I being taken for a ride? What's normal for builder's markup? 15% seems a bit high - is 12% more reasonable?


GBrackins 10-07-2012 05:21 PM

If it were me, I'd wait until I had all my estimates then ask each one about what their items covers. asking members on a DIY forum to guess is about the same as you guessing.

just my humble thoughts ....

woodworkbykirk 10-07-2012 05:56 PM

pricing on labour varies from company to company and region to region..

in your situtation some supers might charge a fixed price based on the project, others by the hour and you can also get guys who charge a % of the overall cost of the project

md2lgyk 10-07-2012 05:59 PM

I have to agree with GBrackins. Most of the posters here are DIYers, not pros (myself included). And since my wife and I built our house by ourselves without any subs (well, she claims she was the GC and I was all the subs), I have no idea what a builder would charge. Probably depends on locality too.

sixeightten 10-07-2012 06:30 PM

I have seen contracts that call it out both ways. The 15% is probably about average here. On the few small projects I have done, I included the supervision with the contract fee. I tell customers that when/if I put my tools on, that is not part of supervision but is a separate charge as a carpenter.

AtlanticWBConst. 10-08-2012 08:41 AM

My experience, in my region, is as follows:

Supers: 5% on typical residential projects. On large scale commercial and industrial, it can go less (as low as 3%, but still averages about 5%).

15% Contractor mark-up is not high (I don't understand what you base your "a bit high" opinion on, or the 12% on = Wishful & Hopeful Thinking/Willing - for it simply to be less ??? ).

In my region, typical contractor mark-ups range from 15% to 20% (Dependent on the scope of work and the actual materials).

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