you should explain if those prices reflect a "complete job", ie, caulking,painting,filling nail holes :Thumbs: some of these guys are either going to over price or under price a job if there not exactly sure what those prices entail ,just thought it might help them nail down a more accurate and effective pricing number and yes pricing labor is very subjective,i find myself adjusting prices all the time,its a part of the game.thats why i think a good base price is very important.i like to be in the ball park not out of it.Multi-Tasker said:Hi! I am in Michigan and find that pricing labor can be subjective. I think that running base at $4-5 per LF would be close.
As far as running crown, I would be in the $7 LF range.(In your 4 corner room)
A good thing to do after the job is completed is to figure out time and materials and adjust your rates next time.
save a civic said:I only do standard mdf and caulk, no paint. What also for mdf crown in the same room same situation.
My prices reflect the above information given in this case. I will not make an estimate without seeing the job my self because all are different to some degree.Also a small job (8x10) needs a higher LF. price.
So you would install base in an 8x10 room for $32.40? (36 lf x $.90) That can't be right?stairguy said:In New York I charge for ONLY cutting and nailing it up, 3 1/4" base- $.90 / ft. and for 3 5/8" crown- $1.50 / ft. This is ONLY a labor price for PAINTED trim, either wood or mdf. Stained trim I add 15 % more to my prices. Hope this helps.
OR,Tom R said:Everyone should have some kind of minimum 'show-your-face' (service) call, - - the alternative being to tell them to make a list of a 'day's work' while you're there, - - to make it worthwhile for all.
Greg Di said:OR,
You can price a small job like basing one room high enough so that you can do the whole shebang in an hour and have the rest of the day off. This may sound weird, but I do this when someone wants a minimal amount of work done that I could care less about doing. I mean, really, it's not even worth it to drive over, set up, cut, nail, talk with the PITA HO for 20 minutes, wait for a check, clean up, etc.. for what we all know is actually a 10 minute job in front of the saw. If I can get full day labor rate for a 10 minute job, I'll take it. Otherwise, I see no value (IMO) of doing a job like that for less. Most guys won't do that job either, which means that they won't bid it, so the fact that even bid it, puts me in a postition to get the job for full price. Granted, most HO's will think it's crazy to spend $650 for base, but you would be suprised at how many don't care about the cost and just want it. I can't believe it myself most times.
NOTE: My cavalier attitude is dependent on how much work I have lined up!
Maybe I do, maybe I don't, it might depend on the circumstances. Do me a favor and point out a specific thread and then I can answer honestly.Tom R said:And Mike, - - beings on most threads, - - at least according who you're talking to, - - or what you're talking about, - - don't you usually 'demean' the term handyman??
Now you want to be one??
your a pretty proud man arent you. what was wrong with the morals or concience of what greg said? I think your just jelous that he could make more money in a few minutes than you can in a dayTom R said:Power to ya', Greg, - - I'm a little more strict with myself on some of the supposed 'intangibles' of life, - - such as morals and conscience.
Yes, I am proud, - - and meant no direct offense to Greg personally, - - but did feel the right to express my own opinion on what I feel is clearly taking advantage of someone because they may be stuck.King of Crown said:your a pretty proud man arent you. what was wrong with the morals or concience of what greg said? I think your just jelous that he could make more money in a few minutes than you can in a day
what wrong with that? Im sorry but your on my nerves. I was a handy man for a long time. I was a handy man because i knew something about everything. I did not know everything about one thing. that is what handymen are jacks of all trades. I was tired of questioning little things, and taking a long time with something. I know that everything i did as a handyman, and other handymen that i have seen, was not done as well as someone who has done that one thing his/her whole life. that is why you are rolling the dice.Tom R said:OK, - - here's your latest of many times of you demeaning the term 'handyman'
I don't claim to have a photographic memory, - - but this fairly recent one came right to my mind.
Under 'Construction' - 'Who's Job is This'?? - page 1 - reply # 20 - middle of the middle paragraph
Here's your own words (on that particular day), - - not really too surprising, - - because as I say, - - you're replies are very predictable according to who you're talking to.
"If not they have to find a handyman to roll the dice with"
I disagree with you there.King of Crown said:what wrong with that? Im sorry but your on my nerves. I was a handy man for a long time. I was a handy man because i knew something about everything. I did not know everything about one thing. that is what handymen are jacks of all trades. I was tired of questioning little things, and taking a long time with something. I know that everything i did as a handyman, and other handymen that i have seen, was not done as well as someone who has done that one thing his/her whole life. that is why you are rolling the dice.