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mharris
09-14-2005, 10:49 PM
Hey guys, I have the oppurtunity to install a deck for an existing customer and was wondering what is the going labor rate. thanks

vanderbilt
09-15-2005, 11:07 PM
I belong to a local builders association with over 40 builders enrolled. We had a meeting today and there's a lot of concern about price increases due to Katrina. Check on how long building supply will garantee pricing on materials. I'm doing a 10"x10' deck with two sets of steps for a friend for 1200.00. Materials should run about 300.00 to 350.00. That leaves 900.00 labor. Say the steps work out to 60 sq.ft.+ 100 sq.ft for deck = divide 900.00 by 160 sq.ft.= 5.625 per sq.ft. labor. Remember - this is for a friend and I have a airless framing nailer. I don't know your overhead or what you expect to make an hour. I estimate 30 hours labor for this job-900.00 / 30.00 = 30.00 per hour, like I said - for a friend. Hope this puts you in the ballpark and remember to check local building codes-especially on railing spacing. Good luck.

mharris
09-17-2005, 01:12 AM
Thanks for the input, how much more per square foot would you charge for someone not a friend, i was thinking maybe $1 or 2 more a square foot, or would that be too much?

vanderbilt
09-17-2005, 08:15 AM
No, I think 2.00 more a square would be fine. Track all expenses and labor hours and divide into square footage so next time you know how much to charge per square foot. If you don't make enough this time, up it to what you need to have before working out your formula. If you intend to do this for a living I would suggest you join a local builders association. Mine also automatically inrolls members in local,state,and national associations. The contacts you make are worth the dues and locally I'm listed on web site. The national web site has all kind of training you can select to improve your knowledge and professionalism. see ya

horizon1
09-17-2005, 05:25 PM
here in Ontario ~$15 square foot is average with materials included.

mharris
09-19-2005, 11:36 AM
Thanks for all the help, if anyone else has prices also feel free to leave them
Michael