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I am currently a one man cnc shop and want to find a way to make scheduling easier. Often I am not able to get started on another job because I'm out on install that is taking longer than expected.Wondering if anyone has make the step to outsourcing your installs? What do you pay for installs?
We outsource all of our installs, well kind of. Our installer owns his on company but we keep him busy enough that he doesn't look for other work. Its nice though because he is paid by the job. If there is nothing to do then we don't have to find him something to do. We pay a percentage of the job, not including some options. A painted job will pay the same as the same job in walnut or something. We have subbed to other installers who charge by the box. In our area $50-75 a box is normal with some molding included. Hardware install is by the piece. Seems like the going rate is about $3 a hole.
I'm in the same spot as you, installations are hindering me considerably.
When I was doing that, among other things,(and before I went into cabinets fabrications) most of the time rates here in Florida were $20, $25 or max $30 per cabinet, as for 8' stick of molding too, $1.50 per hardware hole. That was what cabinet companies or contractors were willing to pay. A somewhat higher quality cabinets and direct contact with the customer (so no middle man) could get you $45 per cabinet.
In my work, more than 50% of time (possibly even more) is "lost" on low-skilled or no-skilled work like loadaing/unloading materials and cabinets, demolishing, cleaning installation place or my shop, packing/unpacking tools, handling extension cords, buying this and that, scraping loose paint or old caulking, taking trash to the garbage container and so on.