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He'd given me a site-unseen estimate over the phone of $2000 for the job for labor and materials; $250/window. When he actually priced the job it was $2000 for the windows alone and the labor came in at another $1400, almost his first quote. I figured the price would be higher than his initial quote, but I think he'd forgotten our phone conversation.
I don't know why anyone would *not* base their labor charge on the time it takes them to do the job and appropriately for the skill/technical knowledge involved. If a job can be done quickly (and well) then what's the big deal to be pricing it at $100/hr. Those are doctor's wages. Sounds like 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' to me.
Replacing windows is not rocket science. I just don't understand how carpentry work is equivalent to that of a doctor. What I do for a living is harder, very technical and has much more responsibility and I don't make anywhere near that amount.
$25/hour is more like it, which is very good money for carpentry work. I actually did have a carpenter say his labor charge was $25/hour but upon job-done, it worked out to $125/hr for the first job and $80/hr for the second (labor only). Figure.
Well, as it turns out, I know someone who's managing window replacement in a very nice retirement community and the labor charge there is, in fact, $25/hour. Says they're doing a good job. He told me to tell the guy to go pound sand. I'm hoping they can do mine as well.
But I'll get a couple more estimates to see what others are charging. I just don't see how they can get that kind of money. I think things are getting entirely out of control.