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Topic Title: PIR Sensor Pricing
Topic Summary: How much do people charge?
Created On: 01 July 2013 08:08 PM
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 01 July 2013 08:08 PM
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nick3lords

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How much do people charge for installing a PIR/Microwave Detector inside say a toilet or hallway within a commercial/domestic premises with no access from above!

I charge £40+VAT (inc PIR) - thoughts is this to much or to cheap?
PIR costs less than £6.00

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Nicholas Owen
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 01 July 2013 10:15 PM
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M.Joshi

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Are you just charging to install the PIR sensor or are you also carrying out a walk test and ensuring the rest of the system functions correctly after adding the extra sensor?

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 02 July 2013 10:57 AM
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tattyinengland

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Are you on site already? I can only assume that you don't have to drive to a site and then do the work for this price?

Given the materials cost - your price seems reasonable. How do you get a MICROWAVE sensor at that price though? A Link would be useful......

The last project cost schedule I produced though had PIRs at £60 each including materials, some wiring obviously required and these were on a mixture of grid ceiling and solid (100 of); but then I could only charge £45 per socket point (250 of). I did, however loose this particular job, so don't read too much into it.

Hope it helps though.
 02 July 2013 06:02 PM
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Originally posted by: tattyinengland

How do you get a MICROWAVE sensor at that price though? A Link would be useful.......


I wondered that too! I think it is just normal PIRs for <£6 not the microwave sensors!

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 02 July 2013 07:44 PM
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Nicholas,I had a look at your website and it gives the impression of your pricing being all over the place. If you do a two hour job how much do you charge based on your published schedule of rates?

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 03 July 2013 07:28 PM
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nick3lords

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With myself it depends on if its a callout or part of a job. If its a callout then its £40 (in hours) and £50 (out hours) That includes 2 hours of labour
Labour cost is flat £15 per hour (in hours) and £20 per hour (out hours) - simple
Everything is changing at the moment with me - all my focus is LED Lighting, like I said PIRs are less than £6 - not Microwave - Microwaves are extra

In regards to am I onsite and what testing I do - whole site gets tested prior to any work, LEDs and PIR/Microwaves installed, all retested again and MWC or EIC completed.

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 03 July 2013 07:33 PM
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nick3lords

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Also need to mention we build our own Microwave sensors now - we buy the actual sensor <£10 each and install them into the LED Lamps we make - easier and cheaper.

We now only install external PIRs/Microwave sensors when we use Bulbs (BC, SBC, ES, SES, GU10, MR16)

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 03 July 2013 11:12 PM
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I would seriously consider doubling your prices!

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 04 July 2013 07:00 PM
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prophet

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I would second what dick said and look at your prices. If you can make a living on £15/hr then well done!
 04 July 2013 07:57 PM
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Cremeegg

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My mums neighbours gardener (north Surrey) charges £28/hour which is not expensive for the area, while her local Polish builder charges £14/hour.
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