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Old 12-08-2017, 08:56 PM   #1
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Can Anyone provide some advice on costing a large number of decks in comparison to a single deck build.
I have 24 9x5 decks on a 3 story apartment to replace.
There cantilevered self supporting with steel channel
Ive done many single dwelling decks and have no problem quoting them. But for a large number clients kind of expect a volume price i would imagine.
Some advice would be apprieciated.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:31 PM   #2
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you'll get beat up here asking direct pricing questions.


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Old 12-08-2017, 09:50 PM   #3
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I can see a volume discount, not because of the volume, but due to the fact that these are all in the same location. You're already there, you can (hopefully) work on multiple units at the same time, employing a bit of mass production technique.

It still comes down to figuring time & materials plus overhead (cost of doing business) plus your target profit margin. The latter two should be a pretty consistent constant in your equation.
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Anytime you want to do a "volume discount" mark it that much higher and tell them you are dropping it to your original price. Oldest trick in the book.

All jobs should have 3 prices: bare minimum, normal, and I wish.

Start with the I wish price, then let them bring you down to normal.
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While everyone will do calculating and figuring of quotes out differently..

I'd get a set price per unit. You know all material will be in one area, you can do multiple units at a time, therefore speeding things up.. If all your ducks are in a row, this should be a home run.

I'd do a high volume discount, but as Driftweed said.. Shoot high and let your "volume discount" bring you back down to the price you want to do it for.

Best of luck, sounds like a good gig!
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One way to look at this is overall cost is materials cost times a multiplier. If the materials volume gets you a 10% discount over a single deck, the volume discount to the customer is also 10%. Better for you is to just pass the materials discount through.

There are a few ways to come up with a number, look at them all and decide on your number.

5x9 decks are small enough they could be made off site in jigs and lifted in place. That saves a ton of labor.
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You mentioned 3 stories. Make sure you caculate the extra time and cost for equipment for elevated work.
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When I've worked on apartments in the past, I add a huge PIA factor for working on occupied units.

Tenants will know that you are going to be doing the work on a set day, but they still won't have their crap out of the way. You'll knock on the door at 8 am, waking them up, saying your ready. "Oh, that's today? Can you do it another day?"

I've done projects like this where the landlords are on the ball, and do their part to the best of anyone's ability.... But tenants still find ways to throw a wrench in the works.


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