I did home Design and Remodeling for 45 years. Now I work with companies as a consultant to help them succeed. We got our work through decorators (5) first, then word of mouth. We spent a thousand on each yard sign and started doing a talk radio show on Saturdays. Then we produced our own magazine and had 11k subscribers. We wrote articles for a…[Read more]
I used one as a glue bottle it came with three different tips to inject glue in a drilled hole.
I looked at the cost of the time I spent meeting with potential clients and then rushing to get a idea of what the cost will be so I could schedule and see them again and I just said, “No more!”
I am going to charge everyone of them and they are going to pay me upfront for my time. Because the quote is worth nothing to me, it only has value to…[Read more]
I will plan on making it. It was good last year.
Rob replied to the topic Need some advise. Can't trust coworkers to do things. in the forum Talk Around the Job Site 4 years, 3 months ago
Wow, thats a long story…… and you are really in need of someone to talk to.
Let me see if I heard you correctly-
You don’t like your job,
Everyone else is incompetent,
Your boss doesn’t appreciate your efforts…
It sounds like you could be working just about anywhere that we have all worked before.
Consider this- if you aren’t happy it…[Read more]
When I decided to charge for “estimates” my new client thought it should be free. I explained that it would take a lot of time to get all the costs together and I would need to meet with them again to ask more questions. She didn’t like that idea and refused to pay me for that service.
I was charging $400.00
I saw her at church recently we stopped…[Read more]
The easiest way to be PAID for pricing a job……….. is to sell Design with the Pricing.
Smaller jobs can be tough to sell this system to but they don’t require as much time so we don’t charge for doing work that is only 1 to 3 trades. We can measure those in 15 minutes and price it so we can write the contract in another 30 min.
Also we don’t go after that work because you can’t make as much for the effort required. That being said…[Read more]
Hello guys, I was just cruising the internet (actually one of you tagged me) when I saw this. This is such an important topic. I would be glad to thoroughly discuss this option with anyone. It certainly changed my business for the better when I started charging for all the (pricing and planing) work we were doing.
Create a budget for your overhead expense. List each item and it’s approximate cost.
Then on another sheet create a budget for your labor expense. Write down the wage and then start listing all the contractor ‘burden’ that needs to be added to that. To cover all these taxes, vacations, sick days and benefits most contractors add about 30% to the…[Read more]
I don’t know what they did but I am finally starting to get everyones responses again.
I ‘ve gone for over a year, never getting an update so …. Thanks!
It seems wrong doesn’t it?…. but we always wet a masonry wall before painting it -the moisture allows the primer to suck into the pores of the wood. This creates a better bond.
We paint PT (with latex) at 6 weeks (per manufacturers advice) but it probably would take it longer to dry in your climate (I am In the southern US.
It was an advertisement in a Remodeling Trade Magazine.
In your picture – about 2″ rom the left side – –The paneling was cut to finish the room and there was a small section that did not hide well. If you float over that to make it flush (with a light weight filler (two coats) and sand lightly before starting painting) the size of the ‘plank’ will be more normal and less noticeable.
We use a high quality fast dry primer and roll out two coats.
It dries quickly so—-Then we can quickly caulk.
The caulk will set in 15 minutes so we can keep going.
Then one coat of a high quality paint.
Latex works great.
If you put two coats of primer on before you caulk it will save you a ton of time and caulk.
The primer will fill up the…[Read more]
Did you notice how Home Tech sells books that are modified to your location for better pricing?
That is a nice idea.
I used Craftsman book company, and RS Means for pricing , then went to Home Tech pricing systems and am very pleased with their processes. They also have a program called Advantage if you want to do it all on line.
We get the most accurate prices that way but about 15% of every job you have to create your own system using your own experience.
When I started in Carpentry, I would go to Sears every Friday night and buy a tool with some of the cash I made that week. It was my 4 year plan of how to equip my shop. It took several years before I could afford the table saw I wanted.
It was a good habit and a good time in my life.
(For those interested) Hey folks you can get subscriptions to 3 trade magazines for free by contacting- Remodeling Magazine, Qualified Remodeler and Professional Remodeler.
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