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Unread 03-29-2021, 05:05 PM   #1
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new contractor looking to setup price range

I am looking for help on setting up our pricing to install different tiles for pools, spas, barbecue areas, and fire pits. We need prices for glass, porcelain, surface miters (copings), miters for spa corners and spillways, slate, rock, loose veneer, corners, etc. Need prices for when we subcontract and when we contract directly with the customer.
I know this a lot to ask. I have research on the internet but would love any help in developing an actual San Diego pricing. Thank you.
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Unread 03-30-2021, 05:37 PM   #2
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Hi Rosa, if you have experience, you'll pretty much know how long a project will take. These days it's hard to have a set price per sq ft for any given type of tile. Each job has it's own set of challenges that will need to be addressed.

I try to figure approximately how long a job will take and multiply that by how much I want to charge per day. In that price you'll need to have your overhead and profit, possible materials, etc, etc figured in.

Most of my work is remodel these days so I seldom ever figure a firm bid. I figure an estimate because there are a lot of unforeseen things that can pop up.
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Hi Rosa, Welcome to the forums.

Pretty much what Davy said. I didn't work by the square foot, either. I did mostly remodeling and worked directly for owners. I would figure how long it would take me and give a bid and estimate for materials.

Starting out you'll work for little or nothing a few times and then you'll catch on.
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From all I have seen here in the posts, pools are a specialty of our trade. I hope you have had years of training and apprenticed from someone who knew what they were doing. It gets very expensive if you have to go repair a pool you tiled that is failing. There is no room for error.

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