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square foot pricing? #66316
05/29/06 07:46 PM
05/29/06 07:46 PM
sparkync  Offline OP
Joined: Oct 2002
Posts: 830
Since wire has gone out of sight, you who Do
pricing by the square foot, what do you get now. I don't usually do new homes that much now, but just wondering just in case I get one. I'm in NC, and our prices seem to be way lower than a lot of what you get. Our normal prices in my area were around $2.00 to 2.25 per square foot, but don't know what they would be now. I know square foot pricing is not the way to go, but in my area, that is all the contractors ask you. That is why I don't care to do new houses that much. The building contractors want you to do it for practically nothing, while they make all the money. Thanks for the input. I don't know in my area if anyone prices by the box etc. Thanks Steve

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Re: square foot pricing? #66317
05/29/06 09:17 PM
05/29/06 09:17 PM
LK  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,429
New Jersey
"The building contractors want you to do it for practically nothing, while they make all the money."

And they will keep trying, until they find someone willing to the job.

Re: square foot pricing? #66318
05/29/06 10:48 PM
05/29/06 10:48 PM
Sandro  Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 444
Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
LK...So true. I charge "X" amount of dollars to install, supply, wire, and finish a potlite and bulb. The builder turns around and doubles my price to the buyer. Who is making all money here?

Re: square foot pricing? #66319
05/29/06 11:45 PM
05/29/06 11:45 PM
ExpressQuote  Offline
Joined: Apr 2006
Posts: 83
BC, Canada
Contractors in my area that use square foot pricing are telling me that they are charging about $2.75 per square foot up from $2.25. However, I have no way of knowing if this is enough to cover your costs.

I don't like to use this (Square Foot Pricing)as a pricing method myself, but I do use it as a qauge to make sure I am not missing anything.

Hope that info is useful!

Re: square foot pricing? #66320
05/30/06 05:44 PM
05/30/06 05:44 PM
LK  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,429
New Jersey

Don't feel bad, here they get the EC to put in an extra recess, for anywhere from $85 to 125, and they list the extra to the homeowner as $350.

Square foot, is ok for roofing, carpet, and many other building tasks, until the day we purchase electrical supplies by the square foot, and install wiring by the square foot, tell your supplier you would like 20 square of NM, or estimate installation on square foot, not on the type of construction or installition dificulty, it may be a way to check your estimate, but i would not want to rely on it for a firm price.

[This message has been edited by LK (edited 05-30-2006).]

Re: square foot pricing? #66321
06/05/06 12:56 AM
06/05/06 12:56 AM
Tesla  Offline
Joined: Jun 2004
Posts: 1,273
Sacramento, CA
I fully recognise that the GC 'steps on' our extras rather incredibly....

Such last minute extras are 'eye wash' to the ultimate buyer/owner. VERY visible and per SPECIFIC REQUEST making their unit semi-custom even if it is a tract house.

Our trade needs to stop looking and envying the GC. His only shot at getting extras dollars is on 'eye wash'. He is recovering all of his mistakes with our -- and others -- extras.

You and I cannot stop him from screwing up. Nor can we stop him from free riding on our work: the extras. Just get used to it. Don't get emmotional. This dynamic can never change. The GC will screw up... and will ALWAYS shift it to the subs. To do otherwise is to go out of business.

Just stick to your game plan. DO NOT LOOK AT THE GENERAL'S.

You are judged as a sub. That's it.

What the GC can mark your work up to is HIS BUSINESS. DO NOT GET SUCKED INTO IT.



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