How would you price Wainscot installation?

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Topic by Broglea posted 04-01-2015 05:06 PM 17276 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2015 05:06 PM

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I jumped over from the Lumberjocks forum. I am mostly a furniture guy, but I was recently asked to install wainscot in a high end home. I haven’t met with the homeowner yet. That will be later this week. I’m looking for a little guideance on how this type of work is normally priced. Any help is appreciated. Thanks

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04-02-2015 11:30 AM

Do this the same way you would do a commission piece – materials, labor, cost of tools and overhead, percentage for contingencies, profit.

First measure it up, draw it up and price it out. I have found that if I cannot make the money I need to make, it is not worth a lower price. No point in losing money on a job, quality costs more.

People ask me to bid on things because I am basically alone so they figure that I will do it for nothing. Truth is, I am about 10% higher by design, I don’t want to be working 100 hours a week working on everybody’s house or project. I pick the jobs I want to do, because I can, not because I have to.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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