Would you do it by square foot and per coat or just a flat rate?
If you were going to do it by running foot, what would the average price be ? And accurate price.
I would do if by a quote. A flat rate usually applies to something you are only going to do once. The railing is going to have to be sanded, coated, re-sanded, and then re-coated.
I would look at the job and give a quote, if I was being asked.
I use industry standard averages based on per linear foot of the project. Some time may be added baes on diffuculty of installation, etc. Also remenber that most companies have miniumum charge rated for projects. So if the work scope is small, the minimum charge for the project may be more. More work, usually removes any type of minmum charge. Call 360 Saskatoon if you want more information.
Yes. The minimum charge is necessary so that you do not lose opportunity to work somewere else for half of or a full day. It also makes sense when you have to pay someone for a minimum amount of working time. If you do lots of railing, figure out how much you can accomplish and then attach a per linear foot charge that reflects you making a living and still getting the job done properly. No one wants a good deal if the work looks like crap in the end. I once got told that you can explain a job that costs too much or that takes too long but you cannot explain a bad job.
Something like this can be priced out by linear foot or some painters do an hourly rate. Also is it being sprayed or brushed? Spraying takes more time for an existing banister. What type of wood? Prep work can be different for maple vs cedar for example. Unfortunately there are several factors to consider when pricing. In the end, it just needs to be done right.
I would have to agree with the first post, A flat rate is your best bet, charging by the LF or SQFT would be a nightmare. I would check and see what a local stain or paint shop would charge and go from there. That would give you an idea of what you should charge. Typical 10 set stairs my painter charges us about 200$ to stain and clear coat a rail. Do some homework and make sure your covering your bases.
"Staining" tends to be looked at as specialty work. I generally give a flat rate on large areas (ie. Decks), and when it comes to handrails and smaller areas, assuming its a day of work, I would say around $400 (which includes materials). I make sure to compensate not only for the time taken to do it, but the skill. Staining is one of those things that if youve never done it, you can be in for a lot of headache.
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