I was asked to remove decks for a resort and I am wondering what I should charge by the sq ft? I need to cover labor of the people helping me and dumpster/disposal.
Main question should be how large are the decks?
$1200 could be good very high or extremely low depending on the project.
I usually try to approach those jobs on a t&m basis. figure out your hourly labour and dumping fees. What other safety issues are present?
A few things to consider. The material of the deck, the degree of difficulty in dismantling the deck, access to the deck for the dumpster, cost of the dumpster, distance to the dume and related charges, and probably a few more items to consider.I generally do a "best guess" on the amount of time it would take and add in the extras (dumpster, number of trips, etc.) My rate, based on the "per hour" basis is an estimate and I let the client know my estimate but indicate it could be more or less. The reason for this is that you may encounter unforseen issues that you will have to deal with. Assuming you've done this type of work before, you should have an idea about the time it takes. Sorry, no easy answer but be honest and fair and you plus your client will be happy.
You cant just say $1200. If the deck is 100 sq ft, you will price yourself out of the job. If its 500 sq ft, you'll be working the rest of the job topless. My starting rates are $5 per sq ft and will increase based on accessibility, height, quality of previous construction, etc.
Each job has its own unique challenges and must be assessed individually.
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