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#35005 - 03/02/04 04:18 PM custom home costs
marixelectric_dfw Offline

Registered: 03/01/04
Posts: 11
Loc: Tracy, Ca
im a new custom home electrical contractor and im having pretty good luck at it. one customer gave me the job which i bid at $4.00/sq. ft. am i in the ballpark?

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#35006 - 03/02/04 05:20 PM Re: custom home costs
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
The per foot price would definitely be geographical, getting a job does not mean you're where you need to be. Do you know where your opposition was per foot?


#35007 - 03/03/04 12:59 PM Re: custom home costs
Active 1 Offline

Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 684
Loc: Grayslake IL, USA
We do take off pricing. Pricing per switch, gfi, fan, etc.. it's a more accurate approach.

When I give a bid it has the total number of each thing I provide. If the customer adds something than I charge for 1 more thing.

Does pricing per foot lead to problems with getting money for adds with an unspecified number of openings?

Custom homes can have a big swing on price depending on # of cans, type of can, can trim, can bulb, chandeliers, 2 story lighting, # of HVAC units, extra appliances, spa tubs, dimmers, device type, etc..

I knew a GC that was cring about going broke over a new custom home. He never priced the electrical out before the job was started. I think he used $4.00/ft too but it did not figure for over 100 cans and a generator.


#35008 - 03/03/04 02:12 PM Re: custom home costs

I think Tom hit the nail on the head.
I estimated commercial projects for the past several years and the first thing I learned was to never put a bid out based on sq/ft. Just too many variables. Specs alone can kill a job. So I have always qualified my bid to death on what I was going to include and exclude.

If you are new to estimating and estimating homes you can go to a Home Depot store and pick up a free CD that carries their pricing and also has an estimating package included. I have found that the hours they show for any given task are very close to the units that I use. Since I've never bid residential until now I kind of felt like I have been getting away with something considering the cost of esimating packages.

#35009 - 03/03/04 04:50 PM Re: custom home costs
Electric Eagle Offline

Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA
We've used a square foot price for some work, but not just a flat sq ft price. We came up with a sq ft price for outlets, switches, hvac, basic/standard kitchen, basic lights(only the standard required items). On top of that we added a fee for the service, recessed cans we extra, heat pumps were extra, and any other non standard items were additional.

#35010 - 03/03/04 06:24 PM Re: custom home costs
marixelectric_dfw Offline

Registered: 03/01/04
Posts: 11
Loc: Tracy, Ca
I have some pre-set maximums for general lighting, a/c units & etc. When I review the plans I make note of the numbers and inform the homeowner of any specialty items not covered. Any item added over the pre-set maximums will incur an additional charge. Hey, Im just a sparky with a skill under my belt trying to make some money. Estimating is still new to me. But, so far so good. I have made about a 45%-50% profit on all of my jobs. Also, by putting together 3 cost levels--basic, upgraded, and premium, I have been able to incorporate small upgrades at a premium price.
I will definitely go to the deopt to get that software. Thanks a million

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#35011 - 03/03/04 06:35 PM Re: custom home costs
marixelectric_dfw Offline

Registered: 03/01/04
Posts: 11
Loc: Tracy, Ca
I also learned that my competitors on a few jobs beat me out by a total of 10-15% Later the homeowner told me that they were confused on what was being installed and found out that alot of things were installed incorrectly or with substandard material. In a way I felt that my numbers were good based on the level of quality that I have to offer.

#35012 - 03/04/04 04:01 PM Re: custom home costs
mvrandazzo Offline

Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 105
Where are you located? In my area $2.00 per sq/ft is just for basic up to code, no ups, no extras. From there I go $75 per fan and recessed can (Not including the trim). $1000.00 for an upgrade to 200 amp. $125.00 for hydromassage tub and extra circuits as needed.

Blessings, Mark

#35013 - 03/04/04 08:52 PM Re: custom home costs
marixelectric_dfw Offline

Registered: 03/01/04
Posts: 11
Loc: Tracy, Ca
Im in the San Francisco Bay Area. Things are pretty expensive hers. Where I live the average house costs around $310,000.
The avg cost to build a house is about $150 per sq. ft. The avg cost per acre is about $275, 000

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