05:11PM | 05/09/03
Member Since: 05/08/03
3 lifetime posts
Hi, I just installed a fence for my mom (pvc) and for my sister a wooden fence. And for my first 2 attemptes I did pretty good. A friend would like me to install a fence for his yard.
One side is 24 feet and the other side is 72 feet ( only wants to fence in those sides) How do I charge for this...I want to be fair. He already has the materials needed for this project. I would appreciate any help offered.


01:12PM | 05/11/03
The easiest and fairest way to estimate a project is by using historical data. Since you have already installed two fences you should be able to figure the amount of time and material used per lineal foot of fence. By using this past data you should be able to come up with a fair and accurate price to give your friend.

Another good method of estimating, if you're willing to spend the money, is to purchase the RS Means book. This book is a very good tool for estimating. It will list the amount of time, material costs, and an average cost for the crew needed to do the installation. The price of this book varies from $49 to $99.


[This message has been edited by GlennG (edited May 11, 2003).]


10:33AM | 05/12/03
Member Since: 02/13/03
90 lifetime posts
How long will it take you? And what is your time worth? Do the math. What is it worth for your friend to ***** for the rest of your life that one post is crooked?

Tell your friend to work along side of you building it and consider it a favor. If he helps there can be no complaints.

Next time you need muscle for another project call him up. That's the way it works in my circle. One weekend we build him a garage and one weekend the next month we side my house or whatever..... Sometimes a year or two goes by before your turn comes around for friends to help you.

Those you help who don't return the favor aren't asked again.


06:04PM | 07/28/03
Member Since: 07/27/03
4 lifetime posts
I'm with Hoganem.... a friend who owes you a favor is a hell of a lot better than a friend who owes you money.
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