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Old 09-26-2008, 05:46 PM   #1
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How Do I Price Pointing Brick???????


I just got my first masonary job pointing brick. i got about 100 sq ft to do how the hell do i price something like that. i figure about 20 man hours am i way off ?? if you can help me it would great
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:55 PM   #2
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Re: How Do I Price Pointing Brick???????


if this is your 1st job,i would price it by the hour.20 hours is probably a good ball park.is it all lower level work(8 foot or less)?will you have to build scaffold?all this needs to be taken into account.
i have a 2000 sq ft job to grind and repoint and i told the lady it would be by the hour and gave her an hourly price but didnt give her a time frame.

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Take a tape and measure the LF of the brick joints and multiply by .60 Cents Each joint individually
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How do you get a job without giving a price?
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I was having a conversation with a builder/home owner the other day on his house I am building and he was complaining that "the tile guy is 40 bucks an hour, the finish guy is 50 bucks an hour.....how much is a Mason worth?" he asked me


"As much as I can get" I replied
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How do you get a job without giving a price?
cuz im good like that, or its an add on
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How do you get a job without giving a price?
happens to us all the time. Its the relationship you have with your customers. Many times we are called to start working, we ask for checks during work, and submit an invoice at the end for payment without client not even knowing the original amount before work.
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I don't know who is more insane, you or your client. Do you buy a car and wait for the first payment to see what the price is? Eat at a restaurant and just pay the bill when you are done?

All I can see are issues and no advantages, unless you are doing simple service work.
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I don't know who is more insane, you or your client. Do you buy a car and wait for the first payment to see what the price is? Eat at a restaurant and just pay the bill when you are done?

All I can see are issues and no advantages, unless you are doing simple service work.
wow, insane ?, you just dont see the picture here do you? The client is a repeat client who i was putting in a fire door for at the site of their new office building. I gave them a good price and they said they wanted me to repoint the brick wall, knowing i wont rip them off. that not how i roll and they know it. so the trust is there, i was just wondering how to price it fair. Trust and friendship with your clients is priceless you should try it.
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If you gave them a good price, why the question?
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What ever you fell like your time is worth,
one thing i noticed about people though, it seems like when someone needs there car fixed
and the mechanic gives them a price of 65 dollars and hour they don't blink a eye, but when your doing something like fixing there house to up there value and you give them a price of 85 dollars an hour they freek out, go figure.
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i really hate it when a customer calls and says i need this done or that done,come and do it.never asking a price or anything.and even tho i dont rip them off i feel apprehensive when i bill them.did i charge to much,are they going to be pissed?i would much rather price a job then they tell me to do it.
i have only had one person get mad about a bill when i was told to do something and not asked before.and that was a 500 brick job,that was to be ready for me and it wasnt,it was located 25 miles from home.i ended up putting up the brick mold,putting on tar paper,and having to haul sand and cement to the job.so the one day job turned into two and i charged her 500.00,a dollar a brick.when she sent me payment she paid me 250.00 telling me she contacted another mason who told her my price was way out of line,yada yada yada.i sent her check back to her at her "summer home" telling her she must need the money worse than me and that unless she paid the full amount i didnt want anything.well she agreed with that and didnt pay me anything.
i seen the snotty little beach tonite at my class reunion.she never said crap to me and i didnt say crap right back.
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I just got my first masonry job pointing brick. i got about 100 sq ft to do how the hell do i price something like that. i figure about 20 man hours am i way off ?? if you can help me it would great
We charge $5 a sq' for ground level work. Anything above 5' tall and of course chimneys go up quite a bit from there. Brick pavers are a PITA so we charge more for those as well. Settlement cracks are where the real money is at. This is all repair work by the way and never a full building.
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If you gave them a good price, why the question?
just never mind there guy
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Tscarborough,
Step away from the van!

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Sure thing, Shooter.
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I know the thread was posted in 2008 but for anyone wondering how to price a pointing job, a good proffesional pointer should be able to complete 100 sqft or close to it in 1 day so you either charge by the foot or by the day. Bids can be from $3 to $10 a square foot depending on grinding, replacing brick ect... Remember it might take 2 days to cut out 100sq but one day to point it good luck!!!
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How can you get a job without giving a price?? It's a common thing called cost plus. Materials plus labour. I rarely give a price on restoration. Who knows what you're going to find once you start opening the can of worms. I can give an "estimate" focus on estimate, but not a price.
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How can you get a job without giving a price?? It's a common thing called cost plus. Materials plus labour. I rarely give a price on restoration. Who knows what you're going to find once you start opening the can of worms. I can give an "estimate" focus on estimate, but not a price.
I would say you not giving a solid price on restoration works means you probably dont get much restoration work. Everyone wants a price. The only people who get away with not providing an estimate are plumbers and electricians which means they win every time.

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