Door, Casing and Baseboard Work

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Posted by: from Waterdown
1/1/2014 at 3:46:16 PM

I'm a contractor. I build custom stairs and hand rails. One of my clients wants me to do some trim work and hang some door jams and casing. I don't want to over charge my client but I also don't want to under charge them.

Just wanted to see what some of the guys would charge for doing baseboard casing and hanging doors. If I should charge per FT. and per door ?

Thank you

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Date/Time1/4/2014 at 3:01:20 PM

Hi there,

I charge my customers per linear foot for the mouldings, painting, installation including caulking spackling and such. You will find a wide range of pricing for trim, and you will also find a wide range of quality of installs. You will have guys charging cheap per linear foot, get you excited then drop $15-20 per lap joint, inside outside corner and such, so a big room with multiple pieces will have many laps, corners and so forth.

You also need to know the quality of install whether you mitre and fill your corner or you cope them. Is it mdf wood, or real wood, paint or stain. Size of the trim and baseboards.

The pricing as with everything else in this business is very subjective and varies. The best pricing for you is one that you are comfortable with, so it if takes you 8 hours, you want to make $40 an hour then it will cost $320, plus materials. If the job is in conjunction to something else you are already doing there, and dont need to re-setup a saw, nailer etc, then you can give them a break. Never low ball as we in the trades learned the long and hard way how to do things right and there is value in that.

Nobody here will give you prices, especially in a very competitive market as this. Or if you want, sub the job out if that is not something you are familiar with so that you know the job is done right and make a few bucks on their heads, or just send them directly to someone else.

Hope some of this helps.

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