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Question DetailsAsked on 2/15/2018

I'm in Frederick Md. Is $320 per day too much for a contractor? I'm providing materials.

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What kind of contractor ? Laborers and carpenters helpes and such typically around $25-35/hour depending on whether individual or employee and on locale, handymen commonly similar, most residential framing/erection/finishes trades the journeyman will bill out around $30-50/hour, utility related workers (electrical, gas, plumbing) more commonly about $40-60/hour for the workers themselves. Ditto for fine finish workers (expert decorative painters and plasterers, fine cabinetry, copperwork, etc.

For a contractor (as opposed to a lone-wolf worker) including full overheads and profit, more commonly around $50-90/hr for most trades, $75-350 for electrical/plumbing/HVAC but most commonly around $100-150/hr, including their overhead.

So - $350/hr, not knowing if 8 or 10 hour day, about $35-45/hour - which would be a common range for an experienced handyman or carpenter or such, and quite low for the "professional trades" like plumbing, HVAC, electrical.

I hope this guy is licensed and insured and bonded ?

And that the contract calls out what his markup on materials is, if any.

Generally speaking, except for some few types of situations where the exact scope of work cannot be determined in advance (like tracking down and repairing framing rot or termite damage for instance), or quick (a couple of hour) repair jobs like normal electrical/plumbing/HVAC repair work, you are FARRRR better off working out a contract with a firmly defined (hopefully with plans and specs, which are commonly needed to get a building permit anyway) and include those as scope of work in a firm priced contract, because paying by the hour or day takes away the incentive to work fast and efficiently and get the job done. The incentive is actually the opposite - to drag it out, plus with an hourly payment it is hard to say whether he is milking the job or not. With a firm priced contract if he drags it out he is making less per hour, so normally a contractor will not do that on purpose.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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