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#1 posted 03-03-2013 05:23 PM


Never price that job by the linear foot; unless you do this type work professionally everyday in your business and you know and understand all the cost factors involved, including the total time it would take you to complete the job. Even if you build cabinets, this is a different ball game all together.

Jerry probably gave you the best advice as far as charging by the hour for labor and charge for materials separately, but very few customers will just give you their check book to write the check when the job is finished and you get to figure the total cost at that time. LOL.

The only way to figure a price up front to quote a customer is to figure everything very closely. How much will it cost to make or buy the doors? How much will it cost to make or buy the drawer fronts? How much will it cost to build all new face frames. But the hardest part to estimating a job like this is to figure out how long it will take to not only do all the building, but how long will it take to prep. the kitchen to do all the work. How long will it take you to remove all the doors, drawer fronts from drawer boxes, removing any moldings, removing old face frames (How are they attached to the original cabinets), How long will it take to install new face frames and how will they be fastened to the cabinets, will the face frames affect the drawer slides, how to attach the new drawer fronts.

Do you have any end panels involved? Can you do the finishing in the shop and install the new face frames without damaging them? How long will the finishing process take and how long will it take to put everything back, etc.

Do you plan on leaving a provision for adding to the price as changes take place?..........and trust me; your customer has not thought out every detail of doing this project, so if you miss or forget one thing, it will have to be added as you go.

Once you figure your total material cost (that part you should be able to figure fairly close) and figure all the hours it will take to do the entire project and don’t forget all the travel time that may be involved,(the time involved will be much harder to figure), so don’t be surprised that once you figure all the time you will spend doing this you may not want to tackle it.

Don’t worry about what the other businesses may charge the customer. You know what kind of work you will do for that customer, but you have no idea what your competition does and besides, your competition doesn’t pay your bills.

With all that being said, refer back to what Jerry recommended. Post#4 LOL

Good luck

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