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Question DetailsAsked on 10/22/2017

How much do I charge to build and install a double gate across a driveway and two four foot gates?

The home owner has provifed all materials.

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Hate to say it, but that depends on your company structure and overhead costs, local labor costs, whether your methods match the materials he provided, etc. My recommendation to people asking this type of question is that if you have to ask the question, you probably are not qualified to do the work and should not bid or should sub it out. Or buy pre-built gates, the installation of which amounts to basically putting in larger/deeper gate posts (at least for the vehicle gate) and mounting the hardware, which you should be ableto figure the cost for pretty easily.

Plus taking advice on how much to charge from somebody on the web is a BAAAD idea - even assuming (possibly a bad assumption) that the responder is qualified /experienced enough to give you a "good answer", he/she is doing so not knowing the materials, personnel, company costs to operate, site conditions, etc - so too high a recommended price upsets the customer or prices you out of the job, too low a price can be even worse - cause you to take a loss on the job.

For instance - if you are running a non-union operation in rural deep South paying $7.25/hour to day laborers with zero benefits cost, that is a whole lot different than a union company in Manhattan or Frisco at say $20-25/hour plus a lot of mandatory and voluntarily provided benefits costs which might crank the hourly labor cost up to over $40/hr. Or say the customer provided steel tubing for the gate frame but you do not have tubing cutting/fitting/welding ability - so you have to sub that out to someone. Worse yet, say he gave you aluminum tubing which you assumed you could weld - but you do not have heliarc capability.

And of course, if you screw it up along the way because you have not done this before, then you have to replace those materials, which again increases your cost risk.

Just too many unknowns to give a meaningful answer - and even getting quotes from a fence company (assuming that is not uyour business type) would throw you way off, because they can probably do the job at least twice as efficiently as you can as a novice.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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