Costs Range

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Posted by: from Calgary
11/11/2013 at 10:21:39 PM

The kinds of questions that have been asked many times. Yes is a lot of information but I need your help. I believe that I haven't been paid right as self-employed in Calgary. I count with my own tools.

I am looking for the price a square foot (9 feet) for a contractor: how much do you pay to the person who does the following:

Wood framing

Steel framing

Drywall Installation and for the ceiling would be different price

For apply between 2 to 3 layers of plaster after the tape

For sand

For prime

For one paint layer

For two paint layer

Probably it is better to make a package for install drywall and tape.

For 2 or 3 layers of plaster, sand and prime

1 or 2 layers of paint etc.

If the wall is higher than 9FT. How much should I charge for sf? For example, if the average cost for the placeholder mud is 0.50 per square foot so the cost is only for one layer or for all the work done (talking about mud and paint).

Thank you for your advice.

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Date/Time11/12/2013 at 10:27:58 AM

Hi Robin, just a couple of observations about your post.

1) If you are complaining about how much a contractor is paying you to work, then ask for a raise because you are an employee.

2) If you truly are self employed, then you set your own rates for your work. The formula is fairly simple - material + labour + overheads + profit = cost (or rate). It can be quite a bit of work to get your rate as you have to know all of your overheads from fuel costs to insurances.

Once you have established your rate, then you apply it to the project you have been asked to do and give the contractor a quote.

Good Luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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Robin in Calgary
Date/Time11/15/2013 at 12:52:37 AM

Thank you.

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Adison from Kratos Contracting in Oshawa
Date/Time11/17/2013 at 11:42:53 AM

Hi Robin,

I am a Drywall contractor in Ontario and out here I can tell you that most drywall and framing jobs are charged by the sq ft. For steel framing $4-5/ linear ft of wall is reasonable. (Assuming its 8 ft high). Drywall on top of that is roughly $1- 1.50 per sq foot of wall space for boarding and another $1 - 1.25 per sq foot for taping and finishing.

This method is good for estimating costs but before you quote on a job I would suggest making a material list and determining exactly what your material will cost. Then figure out how many days it will take to do the job and how much you want to make per day of labour.

Good Luck!

Adison - Kratos Contracting

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Date/Time11/25/2013 at 9:28:51 AM

I think Jim's response is solid. I am a firm believer that there is not such thing as "going rate", simply because of what Jim points out, everyone's costs are slightly different. Agreed that the market will only bare so much in price differential, but if you can work at a lower "price" (whatever that looks like, hourly, sq ft, flat rate) it simply means that you likely have less overhead. A simple example, if I have to calculate a lease payment (or vehicle capitol costs) into my price and you don't... you are going to be able to charge less then me.

After that it becomes an issue of what discounts you get at the supplier and what are you willing to pass on to the client.



John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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