Pricing Trim Installation
Years ago I priced by the square foot until I realized the GC's were eating my lunch. There are so many variables from one builder to the next that make that pricing unfair to either you or the builder (usually you).
I have individual prices for everything I do - per door, per window, per foot of crown, per stair tread, per foot of handrail, and on and on. This way is fair to both the builder and myself. Just tally up amounts at the end of the job for the invoice amount.
I agree with the above. I have found in a lot of cases, that, although lineal feet certainly adds to the cost of materials and to labor to some extent, the number of joints and what type of joint is the larger factor when it comes to labor. Bidding trim based on the square feet of the building is like driving a car blindfolded. You never know what you might run into.
I agree with everyone on pricing by the piece in some way or another, and on pricing by the cut for some things, especially crown. A 12 X 12 room is cake, but add a valance or a chase, and suddenly you've got at least two more cuts, more trips up and down the ladder, factored further by the number of pieces of crown, how far off the ground, etc.
Trim has to be priced by the item, because of time. I used to basically run 65 per pre-hung and trim, cased window 45, stool and apron 70, crown 4" average was 300 basic for a 12 x 12 plus 45 per corner. For chair rail, we charged 200 for a 10 x 10 . If ceilings were above 8', we charged for that; staging, builder supplied or paid for. No heat, no power, no trimmer. Baseboard - just pick a number that will pay for your day with enough extra to cover having to clean up the mess left behind that you have to remove to put your base in. Closets are tiny and slow, so add money.
In Canadian dollars, we are pricing at $1.20 per sq.ft. of the finished area. I do my takeoff with my set of prices, and once I find out all the materials and sizes used, I compare the $1.20 price to my takeoff price, then pick a number somewhere in between.
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