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Question DetailsAsked on 3/18/2017

I'm remodeling a kitchen redoing all cabinetry and making tile floors all materials provided how much should I char

And should I charge each thing separate laying new tile, putting in new cabinets, and countertops. Reminder all materials are bought and paid for

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I hate to say it, but if you have to ask you probably should not be bidding the job. You need to not only know what the "market" value of this work is so you are competitive, and be able to figure all incidental materials (caulk, grout, odds and ends, adhesives, fasteners, levelling and sanding and polishing and grinding materials, wear and tear on tools, miscellaneous supporting wood and trim and such, etc which would undoubtedly not be included in the "all materials are bought and paid for"), but you also have to be able to figure (or get) the cost of subs because I doubt you are doing cabinets, countertops, tile floors, backsplash, plumbing hookup, any electrical relocation, appliance removal and replace, etc all yourself. And of course you need to know how long it will take you personally - not a typical contractor (and any helpers) to do this work and what rate of pay you consider appropriate to each. And be able to identify possible hitches that you should include as a contingency or specifically note as a change order item if it occurs (like say degraded subflooring or leaking/corroded pipes or bad wiring). And of course figure in all your markups and overheads and building permit costs if any, as applicable, on top of the other costs too.


If you can't readily do that by yourself at this point, based on prior experience doing similar work, then you probably do not have the experience to do the job - and the fact you are asking for such information on a public blog site like this indicates to me you are really risking a lot by bidding this job - and are very probably way in over your head as a general contractor or as a handyman. And if you are a handyman, this is way over the capability of most handymen - who do not have many years of experience as a hands-on GC - which brings us back to you clearly not having that experience if you have to ask this question.


And of course - what if a response to this question sounded good to you and turned out to be way off - you either lose the job (if bidding against others and the number is way too high) or perhaps worse, you get the job on a gross underbid and lose your shirt - getting way underpaid for the time and materials/tools it reasonably takes to do the job. Not to mention any $ amount mentioned here would be at best a ballpark number or a shot in the dark - knowing nothing about the size of the kitchen and number/size of cabinets, any island or peninsula, types of materials, what is in there now that needs to come out first (and hence what prep may be needed to do the new flooring and cabinets and backsplash and such). This sort of job can run from say maybe $5,000-10,000 at the very low end for labor - on up to $50,000-100,000 or more even without getting into "mansions" or commercial class kitchens - what is the chance a WAG from a thousand miles away will even be in the ballpark - or even the same country as your ballpark.


I would say do the homeowner a favor and admit to them (hoping that you have not started yet) that you bit off more than you could chew and that they should get bids from several experienced and well-rated Remodeling - Kitchen and Bath (the Angies List Search the List category for this) contractors.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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