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Usually I'd never touch this crap but work has become so slow that if it pays I'm doing it. The place I work for now has slowed down to the point of almost no work, so I'm taking advantage of the downtime to take on more side work. (I'm 21, so I'm not ready to go all out with my own company) Anyway what is a good base to go off when estimating the cost for time on removing wallpaper? I have absolutely no idea what to charge I've never done this for a customer before. Thanks
 

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Usually I'd never touch this crap but work has become so slow that if it pays I'm doing it. The place I work for now has slowed down to the point of almost no work, so I'm taking advantage of the downtime to take on more side work. (I'm 21, so I'm not ready to go all out with my own company) Anyway what is a good base to go off when estimating the cost for time on removing wallpaper? I have absolutely no idea what to charge I've never done this for a customer before. Thanks
Time and materials.
 

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If you've never done it before, then the first time is free-for the learning experience.

Ot just charge half of what you charged to put it on.
 

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I have absolutely no idea what to charge I've never done this for a customer before. Thanks[/QUOTE]

This is just too obvious "tree-fiddy" :w00t:
 

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If you've never done it before, then the first time is free-for the learning experience.

Ot just charge half of what you charged to put it on.
I have removed wallpaper plenty of times for family/friends. I've never charged them for it though. I know how to get it off, I am just completely clueless on how to bill it out. I was figuring per hour if me and someone else are doing it?
 

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Only You know what your time is worth, guess how long its going to take, X your hourly worth + any materials = the price for removing wall paper.
 

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I have removed wallpaper plenty of times for family/friends. I've never charged them for it though. I know how to get it off, I am just completely clueless on how to bill it out. I was figuring per hour if me and someone else are doing it?

If you've done it before, then you should know what's involved. How do you figure what to charge for carpentry and painting? Family/friends/total strangers....all pay the same rate.
 

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If you've done it before, then you should know what's involved. How do you figure what to charge for carpentry and painting? Family/friends/total strangers....all pay the same rate.
yeah but when i paint or do carpentry i charge by the job. I already figured it out and i'm probably going cheap but i'm hoping it will land me more work in the future. either way if i can make a couple hundred bucks i'll be happy.
 

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yeah but when i paint or do carpentry i charge by the job. I already figured it out and i'm probably going cheap but i'm hoping it will land me more work in the future. either way if i can make a couple hundred bucks i'll be happy.
So whos advice did you take? I bet it was the T&M? That is a good way to go when you are lacking in the confidence to bid the job. Of course it does also give the impression that you do not know what to charge.
My suggestion was going to be to pass on the lead to a WP guy.
 

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Time and materials

only smart way to bid paper removal.

Plenty of pro painters charge me t&m for paper removal-- Often much drywall repair is required.

Also area protection will add up if you have carpet--$40.00 a roll for carpet protector,That will seem cheap if you wreck the carpet because you did not use it.:whistling




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I was doing a bar build in the city here for a mate about a year ago and he had some companys come and price to remove all the old wall paper and their prices were all basicly exactly the same. They just come in and measured the area and gave a price per sq/ft but they were all close to $2000 which included any repairs to damaged walls. this was 3 walls about 15ft high by 30ft long and a couple of WC's. Took 2 guys about a week and they wernt moving very fast.
 

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BC you are right on the money. I can give a sq. ft. price. Usually make money too.

This kid's in the learning curve. He can't because he has no history to go back to.

I just wanted to get him thinking so he doesn't end up working for less than nothing.
 

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So whos advice did you take? I bet it was the T&M? That is a good way to go when you are lacking in the confidence to bid the job. Of course it does also give the impression that you do not know what to charge.
My suggestion was going to be to pass on the lead to a WP guy.
normally i would of passed it on but work is extremely slow and im taking what i can get.

i gave her a rough estimate for t&m. i gave myself a bit of room to breath. hopefully this will lead to more work. i really need anything i can get.
 

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normally i would of passed it on but work is extremely slow and im taking what i can get.

i gave her a rough estimate for t&m. i gave myself a bit of room to breath. hopefully this will lead to more work. i really need anything i can get.

Good luck on the job, I hope the numbers work out for you:thumbsup:
 

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normally i would of passed it on but work is extremely slow and im taking what i can get.

i gave her a rough estimate for t&m. i gave myself a bit of room to breath. hopefully this will lead to more work. i really need anything i can get.
I hear ya. T&M is the best bet for this scenario.
 
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