Can we get a cost estimate subforum going
I donno if anything like this is already up here, but if not I think we should start a big thread or even some kind of forum area where people exchange info on the pricing of jobs. This could benefit both homeowners trying to see how much projects will cost and contractors.
I do this kind of work myself and to this day I often find it somewhat difficult to estimate jobs. I usually end up going by how long I think it will take. The pricing guide I have doesn't always cover the jobs I do because there are so many combinations and variations in the remodeling field.
So if there is something like that on this forum could somebody tell me where it is? And if not lets kick off a thread where people tell about jobs they either did or had done and how much they cost. If one person has a question about what a cost will be or should be, another can respond with what they paid, also including their location and other comments.
For instance I just charged a customer 125.00 for drywalling and fire taping a cieling over the old plaster (which was falling off reveailing lath, etc.) - the area drywalled over was about 50 or 60 square feet - as well as replacing a window pane in a window, putting a lock on that window, and changing the float valve assembly in a toilet. I have a sense that this is too cheap, maybe even way too cheap. But it seemed I could do it in one day. Between geeting there, all the cleanup, etc, going from apartment to apartment, it took longer. 125.00 is sort of may discounted daily rate, 150.00 or 200.00 if I think people can afford it.
The next jobs I'm looking at are repairing potholes in some driveways, fencing in a yard, and putting up a porch railing. I'm just about to go measure them. Will include measurements in next post. I just want to get some quick comparisons going based on size, type of job, square footage, whatever. so if anybody who's done these jobs or had them done could respond with their cost info I'd appreciate it. And just in general lets get a thread going where we can do that all in one place, rather than making repeated questions about it. Let me know what you think of that.
Last edited by Will1987; 03-30-2009 at 12:11 PM.