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Forum topic by jtrill posted 04-26-2013 08:51 AM 1334 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2013 08:51 AM

I was curious how people charge per job? If building cabinets do you charge per foot or per hour? If by foot, what is the going rate? I was asked to build some cabinets and want to give person a fair price.


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#1 posted 04-26-2013 09:59 AM

Having done quite a few kitchens I look at the plans and estimate how many hours I will have in the project. I then do a material list and add the labor and material. This is the amount I will have invested in time and money I then add the amount of profit I wish to make. I feel you must add a fair profit margin over cost if you are giving a price quote because if there are any call back issues like a door that warps or hardware adjustment you will be doing it for free otherwise. It is always better to have made enough money that you can service any issues with a smile even if your customers 6 year old did a chin up on the open drawer when it broke.
You might also check the price of comparable store bought cabinets in most cases if comparing apples for apples you should be able to build them for the same money or less and still make a healthy chunk of change.

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#2 posted 04-26-2013 10:31 AM

When I sold custom cabinets, we charged a “per foot” basis with the cost increasing with the more decorative door styles. We had a demo turner at our club a while back- he stated he charged $1 per minute for a turning plus material cost is applicable. Don’t under estimate your costs, etc. and make sure you cover yourself for any future call-backs. Good luck!

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