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Old 03-02-2010, 11:32 PM
nepatsfan nepatsfan is offline
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nepatsfan ...Do you think I should charge less than 1000 then. I dont want to over charge them. I have done lots of interior demo in construction but there have always been a dumpster ect...Dumpster is too expensive to rent for that. I just figure there is going to be several loads which I could haul off and unload on my landscape trailer or rent a dump for 75 bucks a day.
Heres my guesstimate price breakdown

250 Bucks Dump Fee @ 2 cents pound
75 Dump Trailer
150 Bobcat Fee
600 Labor
Total $1075
.02 cents a pound is a little low. I think its like $120 a ton which is about .06 cents a pound. I wouldn't worry about overcharging someone. He wants a set price. If he doesn't want you to work by the hour(which I wouldn't do anyways) then its fair game. The only question would be, is the guy gonna get other estimates. I think what you are charging them is fair. I would probably charge a bit less but I have pretty extensive carpentry experience(licensed in the state of MA) with the tools and knowledge to complete the job effieciently. It is tough to say exactly with just your description exactly how long it would take me. All I am picturing is a 300 square foot one story shed(empty I would assume). If that were the case that would be a half day job and probably 150-170 to dump. This is kind of a shot in the dark and for you it really depends on where you are dumping and what they charge. I wouldn't have to rent anything. If you were gonna rent a trailer you might be better off with a 15 yard dumpster. Around here you can get one for $300. No rental fees no trips to a dump. Rip the thing down and tell them to come get it. I seriously would be cleaned up and outta there in 4 hours with two other guys for sure.
Provided at least one of them could use a sawzall and has some knowledge. I would say bid a little on the high so you can take your time and do a good job without getting hurt or anything. Start on the roof and work down. Or just plow it over with the bobcat and cut it up. What is the sheathing on the building? You might have to cut the rafters away from the ridge and cut the ceiling joists out. then the bobcat will definitely push it right over. just be careful when cutting the rafters and ceiling joists. Use common sense.
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Old 03-03-2010, 01:12 AM
Southern Elegance Southern Elegance is offline
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1 guy can do it in a couple hrs by himself. all u need is a little diseal fuel and a match.

seriusly, go with the dumpster, (no trips to dump, no dump fees, no trailer rental, no bobcat) dumpster will save u money when all is said and done. 3 guys with sawzalls and chainsaws can easliy b done in 6 hrs. ( 18man hrs x $ 75/hr = 1350 plus dumpster)

making multiple trips to the dump will add hrs to the job plus fuel cost. use the dumpster!!
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:03 AM
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You guys taken your time? Not sure where to have started? Its demo! Cut the power if theres is any and rip it apart...if you cant have it down in a couple hours on your own you just dont have the motivation of a demolition man I suppose. HEHE I love it!

The # of loads will only depend on how small you can cut your pieces down to (and size of trailer). PLEASE do watch for nails like recently said! Crowbar and hammer pop off extrimities cut the supports... its a shed so its prolly only got afew anyways. I would rent the bobcat (you already know you can use one or else you wouldnt have come up with it yourself already if the surroundings wouldnt allow for it) cause that badboy is only like 100 bucks for how long youll need it. If you can get the grappler attatchment with it your gonna knock some **** down and pick it up even faster! I would Estimate total hours worked (I could have a basic shed of those dimensions down in 3...maaaaaybe 4 hours but at four hours Ive been loading up the pieces, its the running around thats going to eat up your time)... You know you can have it down and outta there in full days work 8-10 hrs with just yourself a hammer and saw... so charge that and include ALL your cost for rental, feul for hauling and equipment, perhaps a new toy from the lawn store to help with the project, some lunch, agua, hell even a new hair cut lol jk about the hair cut. With all that added together Im sure your your bids gonna be priced better that fair for both partys...
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:37 AM
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I would do it by hand, to avoid the mess a machine is going to cause. Some hammers, flat and crow bars, and saws-all, are all you need to take it down piece by piece. No muss, no fuss. Done in a day, Charge for your time and gas, and tell him, he'll pay the tipping fee, as you can't tell that until you weigh out. Wood and shingles weigh a lot!
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