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Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 95
Efficiency makes all the difference in making a profit. Even if you get a better price with your bid, and take more time to do the job, you may not fair as well as another crew that completed the job at at a lower price but in less time.
Using all the tools to speed the job along is the key. Not making trips to the supply house all day helps, having enough ladders is the biggest help in residental I've ever found, dragging ladders around just kills me, we set up six or seven and go up and come down where we need to, not where we left the ladder. Just having a plan and sticking to it, get done what you have to that day, an extra half hour today might save two tomorrow by not having to get out and put up tools you only need for a half hour more, the next day you get them out and put them up again for nothing. Wire spools have save us plenty the 1000', we buy range cable, 10/3 all on spools, we never run out and never pull short, mistakes kill your time. A trailer full of stuff you can't find is useless to, get a hour on sunday evening to be prepare to restock first thing AM Monday, save you a half a day easy.
Sorry to sound like a teacher but the couple of guys I worked for the most were speed freaks, gotta make time, to make money, the better we worked, the more we made. I've had to teach my newest guy this from scratch, it's nice to have a clean slate,like molding a piece of fresh clay. Time is money don't waste either and you'll be fine.

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Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 29
For Happi, at the appropriate time, remind your customers that the few recepts you install increase the value of the home well beyond what your charges are.

It seems to make them feel better, and its the truth. Your happy, their happy.

[This message has been edited by Resistor (edited 06-15-2002).]

Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 17
I'll give ya Chicago prices all in pipe

$1100.00 200a service

$35.00 per opening (Switches, outlets and fixtures) (high or specialty fitures higher)

$45.00 per gfi

$75.00 per bedroom (afci)

$75.00 per can (can,w/w trim and bulb)

$150.00 per slope can (can,w/w trim and bulb)

$150.00 per fan (paddle or bath)

$250.00 A.c.

$75.00 per kitchen circuit

$75.00 furnace, hot water (gas w/high eff).

$150.00 tub

$75.00 per smoke

$150.00 for any 2 pole (dryer,oven,well...)

$35.00 low voltage (phone or tv)

We rarely are under-bid and always make wages and see a nice profit. The important thing is to have some great flatters.

Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 163
sparky66wv - I've watched these posts for a while now....glad to hear you're getting better money. From your posts I've always felt you weren't getting paid enough given your knowledge and values....I've never done a new house from scratch...most my residential work along those lines is a 200A service upgrade with a 100+ amp sub when folks are doing a kitchen remodel....I'm certainly not the high bidder when I charge $6500 for a simple kitchen job to the $18,500 range for a kitchen with some bells and whistles.

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Yep I'm finally where I need to be... Now if I can just keep from making a nuisance of myself I'll be alright...


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