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Topic Title: Pricing
Topic Summary: Rough guide needed
Created On: 20 January 2013 04:43 PM
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 20 January 2013 04:43 PM
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djaonline

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Hi Guys,

Been up and running on my own for about 6 months now and all is going well apart from the fact I may be selling myself short when estimating work.

Does anyone have a rough idea on pricing for most electrical jobs? Maybe a template I could look a adjust accordingly?

For instance I have been asked to install an extractor fan in a bathroom, and can't think how much to charge? I know it's a bit of a rough question as it could be either on wall or ceiling, but I'm just after rough ideas?

Any help will be appreciated, if you do have a template/spreadsheet/list my email is danielanders@live.com

Thanks

Dan
 20 January 2013 04:55 PM
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Regional variation will be your starting point ....

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 20 January 2013 04:57 PM
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djaonline

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Originally posted by: Martynduerden

Regional variation will be your starting point ....


Based on the south coast
 20 January 2013 04:58 PM
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How long will it take you ?

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 20 January 2013 05:02 PM
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Originally posted by: Martynduerden

How long will it take you ?


I wouldn't work it out by how long it will take me usually, lets say 4 hours just for the record...
 20 January 2013 05:03 PM
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Emailed you Dan


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 20 January 2013 05:06 PM
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Originally posted by: djaonline

Originally posted by: Martynduerden

How long will it take you ?


I wouldn't work it out by how long it will take me usually, lets say 4 hours just for the record...
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How would you normally work it out ?

4 hours at your rate plus materials seems fine for a starting point..

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 20 January 2013 05:07 PM
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There are some sites out there that give you what has been quoted for various types of work all over the country. Can't remember the names but do some searching.
 20 January 2013 05:45 PM
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BrucieBonus

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I pretty much always work it out by how long it's going to take me as each job tends to be slightly different. Seen me OK so far and if I do make a mistake then I will remember it for next time!

Don't forget to add some time before you start installing to do the testing - this can also help 'cover' time taken to unload the van too! In fact I always show this separately on the estimate - that way if it fails the tests and customer doesn't want to go ahead, then it's quite clear I am expecting payment for this part
 21 January 2013 10:17 AM
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wylexman

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Ive been trying to go on my own but find it hard generating work. i charge 30p/h plus 20% on materials which i think im to cheap. im in south east.
 21 January 2013 10:27 AM
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Ampman

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Hi wylex man ,

Thats sounds about right to me ,
 21 January 2013 10:31 AM
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Ampman

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Remember people dont really want to pay ,

Ive had a few people moan etc....

Even asked weather they can have a price breakdown on 80.00 outside light job . ???

That was to joint in the loft install pvc pipe down the outside wall suplly the light cable etc ....

I didnt bother doing the job

i know the customers always meant to be right .

but sometimes you just get the feeling of people being tight
 21 January 2013 10:36 AM
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wylexman

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i had to breakdown my last quote which was a £1,000 worth of work,
then they got someone else who stuck a proteus fuseboard in with no rcd protection, it proves not to go for the cheapest.
 21 January 2013 05:36 PM
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Ampman

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djaonline ,

How you finding working for yourself ?

would you say you better off now ? not sure of your situation before ?

whats your break even point every week before you make profit ,

cheers
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