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Unread 09-24-2005, 10:52 PM   #1
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I recently completed a slate job that required me to build a wedding cake step (out of concrete). The step was approx 3x5, It was curved and required alot of set up time. The tile was done on a grid patteren with a 6" blocks put together to form a 12" tile. The stairs were cut into piano keys and the top step was forty fived and put together in a celtic pattern. What should I charge for this job. It looks great and the home owner loves it.
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Unread 09-24-2005, 11:35 PM   #2
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Hello Tank and welcome,
Are you saying that you didn't outline your cost before starting on the job? How long did the whole project take, including preparation, planning, cutting and installation? I think you might have a difficult time collecting "what it's worth" without a prior agreement with the client, even if it's family.
Can you share a photo, please?
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Unread 09-25-2005, 01:03 AM   #3
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Not coming to some sort of an agreement before collection time is one of the more akward positions you can get yourself into when working in someone else's home.

As far as a price, if you showed us photos, we may be able to give you some figures. But it's going to be difficult to collect what it's worth without an agreement ahead of time.
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Unread 09-25-2005, 04:30 AM   #4
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What they said!

Here is a simple formula:

Cost of Materials [retail cost] + Number of hours on the job [x your hourly wage] = Amount to Charge customer. This is quite a basic guide. You will need to adjust this according to a few other factors which are personal and individual to you. Such as: insurance and operational costs [which should be figured into your hourly rate], amount of difficulty for the job in accessability and skill involved, ease or difficulty in acquireing materials for the job, and of course your own work ethic and skill level [I have never felt comfortable charging a customer for my lack of skill or knowledge, nor for a lack of hard work].

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Unread 09-25-2005, 09:11 AM   #5
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Tank:

Here's and easy formula: get as much as you can.
~and have the customers feel like they got thier moneys worth.

~and figure it out beforehand next time........

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Unread 09-25-2005, 10:06 AM   #6
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I would love to post a pic but I don't know how to change the size to get it on the site.
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Unread 09-25-2005, 10:12 AM   #7
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Hi Tank,

Go here: Irfan View. It's a free photo viewer with which you can resize your pics to 50 kb. Pretty easy to use. Tweak the resolution and size, then you can adjust the overall picture quality when you save the file...

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