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Old 02-02-2014, 01:37 PM   #16
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As we all know there's lots of factors that come into play when pricing a job. If it's A trim job in an older home you can count on nothing being square, flat, plumb, and having to deal with plaster walls, odd ball stud placement. Floors being at different heights due to someone adding a different type flooring over old flooring. Painted or stained trim. Sometimes having to make jamb extensions. Has someone started the job and it has to be redone? Some times you can also get a since of what it's going to be like to work with some people. I call it the aggregation factor that needs to be taken into account. If I go to look at a job and see some things half done I always ask why, reason being it just may be someone else has been there and there was some issues. New construction? Ask the builder how they where to work with. If you since trouble pass on the job. Do not price it just so you can get the job. If your not going to make money on the job it's cheaper to stay home. I've had customers start out by saying things like I want to help to save money, often times that just adds more time for you to do the job. Things like I'll do the demo often end up with more wall damage, there not having the time to do it so your stuck doing there job and there not expecting to pay you for it.
lol yeah it would cost the homeowner a lot of $ too "help" with the job. My teaching is expensive.

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Old 02-02-2014, 01:43 PM   #17
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This might help some- but ultimately it's what you think you should charge to make a living at it or what you value your skills at. Not what the lowballer charges "How much will it cost?" Asking for price estimates here.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:55 PM   #18
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If you haven't already, go over to contractortalk.com and read the discussions there. You won't get numbers, but you can find different estimating strategies. You'll have to narrow it down to new construction only. I'd say do an intro and ask if anyone can help you find new construction tract estimating methods for base install. The info can be tough to find, but it's there.
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If you haven't already, go over to contractortalk.com and read the discussions there. You won't get numbers, but you can find different estimating strategies. You'll have to narrow it down to new construction only. I'd say do an intro and ask if anyone can help you find new construction tract estimating methods for base install. The info can be tough to find, but it's there.
cool thank you. Estimating strategies is really what im looking for. I'll check it out
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Good luck! Just remember, stick to straight estimating strategies, very narrow, like I said. "what do you charge" and straight pricing questions are off limits. The ones with answers you're interested do tract.
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Some carpenters are worth $60 an hour, some are worth $16 and some aren't even worth that.

Somewhere around the middle would be an average rate for a pretty good carpenter.

Like a few have already said, there's no "going rate" for estimating reno's.
But, stuff like roofing, siding, painting and framing ......yes there often are going rates per square foot.

When it comes to pricing complete jobs........the school of hard knocks works pretty good.

Mind you.......when I was doing high end finishing in custom homes I was installing a lot of interior doors and getting paid per door installed and finished with trim, ready for paint.
Long time ago and forget how much that was, but it does happen.

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I just read another of your post's Logan and I think you got it figured pretty good, it just takes practice.

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Some carpenters are worth $60 an hour, some are worth $16 and some aren't even worth that. Somewhere around the middle would be an average rate for a pretty good carpenter. Like a few have already said, there's no "going rate" for estimating reno's. But, stuff like roofing, siding, painting and framing ......yes there often are going rates per square foot. When it comes to pricing complete jobs........the school of hard knocks works pretty good. Mind you.......when I was doing high end finishing in custom homes I was installing a lot of interior doors and getting paid per door installed and finished with trim, ready for paint. Long time ago and forget how much that was, but it does happen. edit..... I just read another of your post's Logan and I think you got it figured pretty good, it just takes practice.
thanks Gary. As we all know some carpenters take pride in their work and some dont. Some are more skilled than others. Like i said im just looking too see if there is a better way of estimating. Always looking to continue my own education
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It depends on where you live and how talented you are. In my area, northern Massachusetts and the Boston suburbs, a good finish carpenter earns at least $400 a day. That's just a run of the mill day rate for a pretty good carpenter. Custom, restorative carpentry in a million dollar house could easily run twice that much.
On the other hand, slamming in 2-1/2" mdf colonial casings bought at Home Cheapo or Blowes and installed a few miles farther west in a crappy housing development might net you $20 an hour. It all depends on where you are and what you're doing.
In Concord, Mass a good finish carpenter can earn like a neurosurgeon. In Gardner, Mass you'd be lucky to earn enough to pay your rent.
Fifty miles, a good work ethic, and some talent and professionalism can mean the difference between wealth and poverty in our trade.
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I am a landlord so it is important that I understand the bidding process. Somethings have set rates and some are hourly. I will walk through the house figure how long someone will be there, add in the set rate for things like toilet set, drywall repair, ect. If there is a lot of work the rate goes down a bit. Time of year,winter is generally slower. I have found it cheaper to pay an established guy 40 an hour than try and find a guy for 25 that is not all together. My advise is to overbid every job until you narrow it down to what people are willing to pay. I promise you, if your work is really nice, you will work almost everyday of the week. You will start worrying you maybe charging people to much
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The cost of living varies so much from area to area and that affects labor costs. When I lived in Kansas City, the stores paid twice as much on the Kansas side as on the Missouri side. Many of the houses on the Kansas side were multi-million dollar homes and most on the Missouri side were tract houses. You need to decide what clientele you are going after to bid.
It even affected fast food places. They were importing teens from the Mo side because teens from the other side wouldn't work low wage jobs.

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