i have tried to search, but i guess i am not very good at it since i
can't find any info. what i am wondering is, what would someone expect
to pay a handyman type person to install baseboard. i am actually
installing some for a friend, but still want to get paid. the cost of
the base is about $1.19 per foot for primed fingerjointed pine. I
would paint it with 2 coats, cut and install (i have a nail gun and a
power miter saw, and love them both), then fill the holes with wood
filler, sand, caulk and touch up the filled holes. for all that, does
anyone have a ball park way of estimating what a person would normally
charge? i could decide my own discounting level. if you decide by
saying a certain amount per foot installed, does that include filling
and caulking? painting? if you know prices by separating these items,
that would help even more. any help anyone might have would be greatly
thanks in advance
Handy persons in my location charge $25-45 an hour. If you give a price for
the job then in my location your "contracting". That opens another can of
Some might say 2 times the materials for labor. Then there is the gas
Figure $15 an hour for a handyman type, $45 to $60 for a good finish
carpenter. When figuring your price, allow for what you can do in an hour
compared to an experienced pro that does this every day. He may be three
times faster. Of course, the finish carpenter will do just the installing
and the painter will do the rest of the work.
A carpenter should easily do it in an hour- unless it has quite a few
corners, or curves, or if you have to scribe the BB to the floor.
Usually the shoe molding hides the gap-( don't forget to factor that
However, I would charge for at least 4hrs (1/2 day ) for the work.
It's alot of set up and clean up, and you could make better money
elsewhere. I ask if they have any other little bits they would want
done with the extra time.
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