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Old 02-28-2008, 01:16 AM   #81
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One can NEVER charge too much if someone is willing to pay. But too little hurts for MONTHS to come. No one EVER said you have to be fair, but DO NOT be greedy. It will plague your conscience.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:51 AM   #82
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I charge $45 per hour for some jobs. New construction is $45 per box, old construction is $55 per box or by the hour depending on the job. One exception to the new construction is log homes and then it is by the hour for exterior walls. Some folks i will give a break too, example is the elderly who i know are on a fixed income.
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jusr be honest

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Sounds way too low, to me. I'm in south central PA, and my first hour is almost double that. Figure your real costs and go from there.
Iam surprized that you even made any statement . when i said about ;fly by nights are hurting contractors,You said that was (oh commpitition ) , afly by night does not have the over head,plus,we as honest contractors stand by our work plus we pay all taxes a fly by night works for 15 per hour then every body else exspects us to work for 15 per hour they here this or see this just like you see this THINK
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you have to set you rate with the area you live
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Iam surprized that you even made any statement . when i said about ;fly by nights are hurting contractors,You said that was (oh commpitition ) , afly by night does not have the over head,plus,we as honest contractors stand by our work plus we pay all taxes a fly by night works for 15 per hour then every body else exspects us to work for 15 per hour they here this or see this just like you see this THINK
I used to work like this but it was always little jobs. After a while the jobs got larger and i needed more tools and i really started to worry about the liabilities. All the work was inspected and done right but i lacked the piece of mind that nothing would ever go wrong. I decided it was time to get insured and start the business properly. People can complain about the higher labor rate but when the job is done it has been done properly,inspected and it was insured from start to finish. What will they get from the "fly by night"? Damn dude, i didnt think your hose would catch fire, sorry about your bad luck!!
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If I'm going to fly at all anymore, it will have to be at night, cause I don't want to see the wing fall off.

Your rate has to reflect your costs. But not everyone's costs are the same. License, insurance, tools, and a truck is going to be way different than, 10 licenses, 10 guys, workmen's comp, book keeping, 10 trucks, big insurance, social security, lots of lost tools, and so on.

Little planes can fly in the day time too.
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I used to work like this but it was always little jobs. After a while the jobs got larger and i needed more tools and i really started to worry about the liabilities. All the work was inspected and done right but i lacked the piece of mind that nothing would ever go wrong. I decided it was time to get insured and start the business properly. People can complain about the higher labor rate but when the job is done it has been done properly,inspected and it was insured from start to finish. What will they get from the "fly by night"? Damn dude, i didnt think your hose would catch fire, sorry about your bad luck!!
thanks FOR BECOMING HONEST CONTRACTOR NOW fly by night kills familes that are contractors who do this for a living Ijust talked to a big contractor that turned 5 of his employes into the unemoyment because they were working under the table "as fly by nights" he said they were paid a good wage and his buisness slowed up these guys were charging less than he paid them so he said they will get whats coming to them that is not compitition fly by nights are raping contractors by the wage they charge and putting real hard ship on all contractors /////////////////////
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By calling other companies in the midwest 9 times out of 10 they don't tell you what they charge. We have a large number of fly by night or moonlighters here. One thing that these guys have going for them is the other night job they have as regular income , there for they can charge the 15 per hour and still live high on the hog. But they don't have insurance or work comp, they don't pull the permits and get their drinking buddies to help to pull off a week job in one weekend. I started my business while working nights , I hated it. Then when my wife said I could quit when I was matching the night job. I looked at costs ins, work comp, expenses, fuel ,tools , taxes, employees, and what I needed to have as an income to pay the bills at home. I have found out though that alot of the pricing is investigating what is really going on in the area. In 2006 State Farm was paying 164 per square to replace a roof. In 2007 after talking with a State Farm rep about a claim I was infomed that they were paying 287 per square an the same roof layout they were paying 164 on the year before. I'm not greedy, but I'm not stupid either ,I know that in one year my cost hadn't gone up that much. But I didn't refuse to accept it either, who know when the increase will only be 50 cents, or no increase at all.
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I charge $45 per hour for some jobs. Some folks i will give a break too, example is the elderly who i know are on a fixed income.
Are you aware that only a small percent of the elderly are in the poor bracket, they elderly hold the largest percent of the wealth, they do cry poverty hoping you will fall for their plea, the truly elderly in need will never ask for help and they are usually the ones with no assets, no home owner ship, and most likely no food in the frig.

If you want to give breaks give the yeng gent starting out with a family a break, they need it more then anyone.

Funny story, we had a home in our area that had an elderly lady, who got all the different trades to do work on the house for free, or next to nothing, after a few years, she passed on, and the paper said, she was a multi millionare, her son told the neighbor they really fixed up the house for me, now I can get a good price when i sell.

PS I was one of those local contractors they worked there for free, never again, live and learn.

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I'm a contractor in California, I carry the c-45 not the c-10 and I charge $95 an hour.
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$2 an hour, my GC says that's too much, Do you think it's too much?
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In Massachusetts we are charging $135/hr and that is middle of the road. You have to think about gas/insurance/tools that all cost money. But its always best to ask around where you live to see what the going rate is
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In Massachusetts we are charging $135/hr and that is middle of the road. You have to think about gas/insurance/tools that all cost money. But its always best to ask around where you live to see what the going rate is
if i'm not mistaken, that's for 2 men in a truck....it's also why you can't get a raise...
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Depends some companys its two men some is for just one but all depends and has nothing to do with getting a raise
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Hey guys it's my first trip on here and this column was one of my first reads. I live in what must be the land of the most hackers and fly-by-nighters in the country, south central Pennsylvania. Now forgive me as I don't do commercial, or know any commercial businesses or what they charge, I know residential-mostly new residential. Myself (self-employed owner) and ALL the other residential wiring companies around the area are charging anywhere from 30-40 dollars a box or from $35-45 dollars per hour. How in the world can the amounts for the same work here when compared with where all of you guys live be so different here compared with all the numbers I have read in this column? If I or any of my competitiors charged the $75-135 per hour I've read about on here we would get laughed right out of town. Understand that I live in a very rural area.....
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Hey guys it's my first trip on here and this column was one of my first reads. I live in what must be the land of the most hackers and fly-by-nighters in the country, south central Pennsylvania. Now forgive me as I don't do commercial, or know any commercial businesses or what they charge, I know residential-mostly new residential. Myself (self-employed owner) and ALL the other residential wiring companies around the area are charging anywhere from 30-40 dollars a box or from $35-45 dollars per hour. How in the world can the amounts for the same work here when compared with where all of you guys live be so different here compared with all the numbers I have read in this column? If I or any of my competitiors charged the $75-135 per hour I've read about on here we would get laughed right out of town. Understand that I live in a very rural area.....
In other states, They have licensing,levels of contracting limited , intermediate ,unlimited , insurance requirments ,bonding requirements, appreniceships and ratio of j men to apprentices etc.

NOT in PA


WE have lots of unfair unqualified competition and the work and prices reflect it.
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Depends some companys its two men some is for just one but all depends and has nothing to do with getting a raise
has everything to do with it...that's the company you work for, it's for you and your boss, and it isn't enough to cover all costs and pay you more...see the big picture, man...

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