Estimating a carpentry job means considering the time you will invest in a project, as well as getting a rough figure of how much will be spent on materials, equipment, and labor. Estimating a carpentry job will save you a lot of money and time in the end and helps make a carpentry job easy to budget for.
For tips on how to estimate a carpentry job, follow the suggestions below.
- Meet the client. Meeting the client is the most important factor for a carpentry job. Unless you specialize in a specific type of carpentry job, different clients mean different types of carpentry work. You have to find out what the client wants done and ask him or her for specifics regarding the carpentry job to get a good estimate of how much to charge for the job. Ask the client if there is a specific time that he would like allotted for the project, how big the project is, and if the job needs any other specifics such as extra workers or additions to the job. Meeting the client at the site where the carpentry job will be also gives you a chance to make measurements for the job.
- Figure out the cost of labor. The harder the carpentry job is, the higher the pay should be. Your cost of labor should be competitive with other carpenters since the client most likely took other estimations from carpenters other than yourself. Your labor cost has to be realistic to your actual needs as the laborer but agreeable enough for the client to be willing to pay for the cost of labor.
- Consider the time you need for the job. If you charge carpentry jobs by the hour, you need to consider the time invested in the client’s carpentry job. Be realistic when it comes to the time since the client will not be pleased if the project takes longer than you proposed, which might end in a dispute about the payment. You can get a good estimate of how much the time to complete a project would be by examining other projects that are similar to the one the new client has for you and figure out how much time it took for you to finish the job. You can refer to your previous records of past carpentry jobs you took or, if you have not done a similar carpentry job, refer to previous records of other carpenter’s work that are of the same caliber as yourself.
- List the materials needed for the job. The materials for the carpentry job need to be estimated by amount, price, and if applicable, delivery time. List down all the materials you need to complete the carpentry job and make an estimate of the amount of materials and their prices. If you are getting the materials yourself, you need to factor in the cost of its delivery into the estimate for the carpentry job.
Estimating a carpentry job might be somewhat of a trial and error job, but it is well worth the time if you want to be a professional carpenter that clients will take seriously. Use the tips above as a guide to help you estimate a carpentry job.