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Question DetailsAsked on 6/28/2017

how to charge for labor versus material cost

825 sq. foot apartment

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Sounds like you are a contractor - so if you are qualified to do the work (sounds like housekeeping or painting maybe), you should know what materials you need and what your labor costs are, as well as all overheads applicable to running your company.

You need to figure your own costs and how long it will take to do the job (and what types of workers you need to do it, if not a one-man job), what special circumstances there might be about the job, any special materials or techniques or prep needed, etc.

Basing your job estimate or bid on what someone gives you here, even if reasonable in most cases, would be a disservice to you, because too high a number would likely mean you lose out on a job you could have gotten and made money on at a lower rate, but if too low could mean you would get the job as low bidder but then lose your shirt on the job.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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