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#8995 04/12/02 12:29 PM
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I just put in a bid for $4406.00 for a 1155 sq ft 2 bedrm single family home with approx 74 openings, everything electric, a 200a service, all basically standard stuff. Would like to get some approx bid comparisons. What would an approx bid be for you. Am I in the ballpark?
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aldav53;
Does this include the service? OH or UG?

#8997 04/12/02 09:32 PM
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Underground $3332. Overhead $3682.

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Underground service. Thought I might be a little high in my bid. umm..
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hi, all i can say is WOW! thats almost $4 a sq. foot!

where the heck are you located?

i dont think i have ever heard of $3.85 a sq foot for residential wiring...here in ky that house would go for around $2500 at the most..

hope you get it though..

good luck
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I'm in AZ, but may have to shave some off the bid..


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Aldav, General contractors don't build by the sq ft and I dont wire by the sq ft. Charge for what you do! Service + 240V openings + 120V openings + tv/ph = price.

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arseegee, ya thats how I bid it plus 25% overhead & profit, maybe I'll cut back on O & P.


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We were recently asked to bid a similar project. We do mostly commercial and industrial work and explained to the customer that we would probably be high.
The job included a lot of recessed lights and ceiling fans in most rooms.
We proposed using CAT 5 instead of CAT 3 for phone wire and RG6 Quad shield for future home networking. A 200A OH SE w/Copper wire in conduit and a basic Leviton Home Networking panel. We bid $7,200.00. Another contractor got the job for just under $4,000.00. I'm sure that he didn't include provisions for home networking but theres still a big spread. I would like to know how anyone makes any money doing homes for this price. How much profit is there? How long does it take? How many men? How much are the men paid? Someone please, please reply.

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Master66, speed is the key. We can rough in 9000+ sqft in a week. We pulled 6000 ft of 12/2 yesterday before 2pm. Five man crew including myself. I usually keep two crews in two places, three men on rough in and two on trim out. We can knock out a 3 bedroom spec house in one day. That's what it takes to make money in residential. All work is to my uniform standard. Any of my guys can make up a 4 gang box w/ one s.p., two three ways and a four way and I can't tell which guy it was. That way who ever comes back to trim out knows exactly what's going on. Labor runs $10-$14 per man depending on time served. We also install LANs and structured cabling for houses with a Low Voltage distro panel we custom build. It offers a lot more than Leviton or PS and is actually cheaper.

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