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#1 toomanytoys84 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 25, 2015 - 03:52 PM

I have a chance to do some work for some people.

Lay 800 Sq foot of laminate floor.

2 bathrooms of ceramic tile(removing old) and hauling away

Hang a wall mount for a tv

Repair a bunch of drywall

They supply the stuff to be installed and I am using all tools.

I don't have an hour estimate. I don't want to rip them off and I don't want to cut myself short.

Doing this for extra cash to fund my remodel in my own home.

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Posted January 25, 2015 - 04:44 PM

   Best way is to do it hourly and work hard while you are there, $20 an hour cash.


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Posted January 25, 2015 - 05:10 PM

My dad always said " A man and his tools will always be worth at least $ 25 an hour" now that was in the late 70s. My uncle ran a HVAC business up until he passed away a few years ago. His theory was " A man and his tools and equipment is worth $45 an hour". Both of them said you have to take into consideration time, tools, travel time and possible problems associated with the work being done. Hope this helps. JM2CW.


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Posted January 25, 2015 - 05:19 PM

I think I am going to go 30 an hour. It's 5 miles from my home.

Am I selling myself short?

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Posted January 25, 2015 - 05:20 PM

Will u be working full days or a few hours at a time , when u have spare time ? Also how well do you know the people?
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Posted January 25, 2015 - 05:22 PM

I think 30 to 40 cash is reasonable, around these parts at least .
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Posted January 25, 2015 - 05:27 PM

Weekends full days. Bathroom got more involved with new sinks vanity and some plumbing work.

I figure each bathroom will take 8 to 10 hours now. 600 for both bathrooms. Plus use of my wet saw and my other power tools.

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Posted January 25, 2015 - 05:32 PM

You couldn't pay me enough to lay flooring.  I've done it, and I usually spend 3 days recovering for every day I spend laying flooring. It is up-down-up-down, crawling on your knees, type work.  It is like doing squat thrusts on gravel.  No thank you.  (That & I dislike laminate flooring).


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Posted January 25, 2015 - 05:40 PM

You couldn't pay me enough to lay flooring. I've done it, and I usually spend 3 days recovering for every day I spend laying flooring. It is up-down-up-down, crawling on your knees, type work. It is like doing squat thrusts on gravel. No thank you. (That & I dislike laminate flooring).

I wouldn't put it in my own house after my experience with it.

But I need a new furnace and ac at my house. A kitchen remodel and bathroom and new carpet throughout the house. The money is welcome.

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Posted January 25, 2015 - 05:53 PM

$600 is more than fair for that amount of work.
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Posted January 25, 2015 - 05:53 PM

When I have done work like that I felt it best to stay away from the getting paid by the hour thing. I charged whatever materials where as labor. This way they new straight up what it was going to cost and eliminated the did he really work that whole time or not. you might take it a little short on some items but you do better with others and it all seams to pan out well.


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Posted January 25, 2015 - 05:59 PM

When I have done work like that I felt it best to stay away from the getting paid by the hour thing. I charged whatever materials where as labor. This way they new straight up what it was going to cost and eliminated the did he really work that whole time or not. you might take it a little short on some items but you do better with others and it all seams to pan out well.


I agree with u on that! That's why I asked how well he knows them.
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Posted January 25, 2015 - 06:02 PM

I would say 35 an hour it's flooring you always run in to problems doing it
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Posted January 25, 2015 - 06:50 PM

Be direct with them.  Let them know what you expect and then tell them to add 25% for unforseen circumstances.

Also, you need to figure in a little of that money for wear and tear on tools and expendables.  

The wall mount: running wires thru wall, mount properly installed on studs (yeah, we had a guy do the toggle bolt thing once), running an outlet (power cords are not allowed thru the wall: not rated for in-wall installation)  you're looking at $150 min around here.  Again; charging by the hour will keep both of you in the happy zone.

 

Letting them know of any situations that arise and what your plan for solution is will go a long way to reducing sticker shock.  Also, bill by the week.  That way the bill isn't huge at the end.


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Posted January 25, 2015 - 08:49 PM

Laminate floor I always charge 2.00 sq foot, if its pretty straight forward, not a lot of closets or chopped up in small rooms. That includes under cutting jambs and removing base board. Home Doppy and Lowes charge a min of 2.25/so ft. As far as the baths, changing vanitys, flush and tile, I wouldn't touch for under 1500.00. All the other stuff I would figure how long I thought it would take and charge 30-35/hr. Without looking at it its hard to say. I've done some small baths that have gone as high as 5500.00

That's my 2 cents
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