October, 2019, Just wanted to also say that Your teachings really have changed my business for the best. Yes. Seems to me that if you take your costs and divide by .75, you end up with a 33 1/3% mark up. 3X markup is standard across the board. Did you sign a contract with him? Millions and millions and millions of dollars, that’s how much. For most contractors, the minimum markup is 27% with a reasonable markup in the 40% range. Last question, does the estimated job cost include the contractor’s markup? Bathroom would add at least another $8k. When Michael stated in the course he has been estimating since 1969, I said to myself, "Wow, he is a legend"! I am new to learning about this side of the construction business. Mission Statement I told someone that now I'm not just willing to continue, but I'm excited to implement things we learned - not only in the business but also in the home. Unforseen issues have to be considered. If a recessed can light costs the builder $60 for the electrician to supply and install, the cost charged by the builder will typically be somewhere between $75 and $85. From 800 square feet and up. If… Read more ». Each cost I listed were lessons I learned the hard way, and still wonder if I am getting each correct for each bid I turn in. We discovered that he was trying to charge an exorbitant markup (WAY more than 1.5%, more like 3%) AND 20% O&P on top of that. That’s great if you like to spend time doing math calculations for every job. We deeply appreciate the influence you have had in that. This is because tile itself, while hard, is brittle. Any advice would be appreciated. By the way…GC’s do pay markups on everything else! He is only getting whatever material use to waterproof shower and tub. Have been doing so for years. I don’t know of ANY contractor making a lot of money off making off actual items/materials. June, 2015, I am a log builder in Northern Russia. Whatever he wants to charge is acceptable if the client hires him. Let me guess – you did that to save money? So if you had tile work done with tile you bought for .88 a sf you think the cantractor should charge less in labor? This has been a huge line of support, clarity and inspiration for my work.December, 2019, I came across your website, bought your books, read your weekly newsletters and now we are REALLY doing well. October, 2017, I am thoroughly enjoying and learning a great deal from your online estimating seminar and I'm only half way through it.July, 2017, We have found your website and your resources to be a wealth of information to us. I really did appreciate the fact that he has made it his mission to help people at an extremely reasonable rate. As far as the “20% O&P” goes, there is no industry standard of 20% or 10%. I have a 1/2 bathroom (approx size 3×9) which I’m adding a stand up shower too. Then ask for a firm price quotation for the complete job including all labor, materials, specialty contractors and any other related costs. Lately I have… Read more », The major cost items are fluid and intangible and you cannot quantify them online or anywhere else. I have been looking all over in my area for the type of training you provide and can't find it anywhere. Most customers buy less or inadequate materials than what is needed. Your book, website, and videos have helped very much. His markup on materials is 10%. I am in absolute awe of your experience and knowledge! People focus on the “markup” for hourly rates, markup for materials, etc,… Read more », Kirk, you are on the right track. I am trying to make it in the Design & Build business and very much value how you support myself and others! December, 2012, Read your mark up and profit book last year and it is like talking to a good straight talking friend. The contractor would then take … SHAME ON YOU! 10,000 x 150% (or 1.5) = 15,000. February, 2015, Thanks Michael and Devon for the newsletter. I’m assuming that $90 for a 10-foot pressure treated 2×12 is an exorbitant markup when I can buy one for about $26 at my local lumberyard. For example, if GC is only responsible for labor and rough materials for a project, what percentage decrease could I expect to see in a project’s cost vs. a traditional project cost. Thats really not bad. I have recently been scanned in 2 projects, the first time it’s happened to me ibn thre 30+ years that I’ve been in this trade. August, 2013, Thank you for your help and to tell you your customerservice is ***** stars. Before I started using your software, our contracts were poor/scant if existent at all. I have bought these books several times over and can't keep them in stock. Trades and remodelers have higher indirect and overhead cost structures related to sales; thus their markups are in the 70% to as much as 100% range. He would simply pay the bill. A contractor charging a grower for kiwifruits orchards I've been in the trades for 20 yrs. It wouldn’t be fair to expect him to pay for the material and not make anything. Are you concerned that he’s gouging you? The contractor was if hired only going to cut and apply tiles. If he did his math right the first time, he should be making the same profit by just covering the material increase. The years of experience and knowledge is INCREDIBLE! If there’s a contractor’s law in your area that deals with that specific issue, you’ll have to consult an attorney in your AHJ. Thanks so much.February, 2019, Thank you for all your services, it has changed my business forever.February, 2019, Thank you so much for helping us succeed in this business.February, 2019, I sat through Michaels classes at JLC Live in Portland more than once along with attending the two day class a few years back. The more accurate pricing method for a service industry is the activity based costing (versus traditional) which would give you clearer picture of how much costs you are really incurring. THANK YOU for ALL that you both do for the "good guys"!!! . Plus I just purchased the estimating software about a month ago. The typical remodeling contractor will have overhead expenses ranging from 25% to 54% of their revenue – that means every $15,000 job could have overhead expenses of $3,750 to $8,100. If you’re asking what percent is overhead, we covered that in the article. The contractor is the top of the food chain AND the bottom of it at the same… Read more », Markup should include all overhead and profit. . She has since put a stop to all his work because of a misunderstanding between my husband and… Read more », “Legal” is what is binding in your contract. December, 2015, I have listened to a couple courses that you have given and was very impressed with the amount of USABLE information I received. . . Keep on doing your best and hopefully it pays off financially and professionally for you. I especially appreciate the time dedicated to "wrong math" and why it's wrong. I haven't implemented all of your ideas but that is my goal for 2016. Me or is it right to charge the home owner for it ? double the wholesale price,… which is slyly termed 50% markup, – i.e. Compare there quotes and go with the one that you are comfortable with. Thank you for providing such great insight and perspective! Except they are charging for the hours spent via labor charges, of which is higher than the costs of the labor. . Call Hedley, the Construction Business Expert, at 800.851.8553, or visit his website at www.hardhatpresentations.com. I am a general contractor with a small construction company in its 4th year of operation. When I would have questions about how to price the work, what to do when etc., I would google it. You are the best that has ever lived in this industry!May, 2019, Thank you, Michael, for your continued great advice, teaching, and availability to me and many other construction business owners.April, 2019, Just wanted to say THANK YOU to you and Michael for all that you do to support us owners. You went cheap and you got what you paid for. Current quotes (without vanities, fixtures, and flooring) are $26,000 and $29,500. I don’t like the way your contractor charges for his work, and he’s making it worse by sharing all those details with you – he’s inviting you into his business to evaluate his numbers.. Some of our items are allowances, these line items are allowances based on if the line item is a variable item such as counter tops,… Read more », Thanks for the reply. Also include regulatory fees – licenses and permits and training – which everyone seems to want their Contractor to have but NO ONE… Read more ». . If it were my house, you can damn well bet I wouldn’t pay for your oversight after I accepted your bid. I deal with a lot of setback issues, neighborhood architectural reviews and other items that can make a contractor want to pull his/her hair out. The contractor should give consideration to the variables that impact indirect and overhead costs to determine the final markup percentage. supplier. July, 2015, Thanks so much for everything you and your wife have done for us! Would it be a reduction of ~24-50%? Also, I would encourage you to attend his training classes as well, its the best money you’ll spend! I'm about half way through it. I appreciate what you folks do and recommend the Markup and Profit book to all of the young tradesmen I know. We have had to go back to some of our customers with lumber heavy projects for the same reason. He should be charging you retail, +tax, +10% at bare minimum. I love the Fast Track Proposal software. Recently in passing he mentioned it is 10%of time and expenses. October, 2016, I have recently read Markup & Profit and subscribed to you newsletter which I look forward to reading, always containing very useful information which has helped my bottom line and made me realize what operating a business is worth. Your 2 day course covers all necessary angles to do an x ray on current business practices and company as a whole. If you get fleeced by the ‘contractor’ you are likely get fleeced by others in your life. The tax implications of contract types. I didn't grow up in the trades, so starting a handyman & light remodeling business has been a long journey for me. There have been significant material price increases in the past few months, especially on lumber, and price increases on material should be addressed in the contract. We have a house from 1972 and a small 5×7 bathroom we’ve wanted remodeled. I am thoroughly enjoying all your information available online. We charge a flat 60% mark up on the base cost of materials and labor. If that is what this is referring to, then you should be able to sign a waiver that states… Read more ». For residential contractors, general overhead often ranges from 10% to 20% of total revenue. Regardless of the breakdown, what they’re charging you is still too low. I purchased the book, DVD and Estimating DVD earlier this year and have been satisfied. I will admit that I've been ready to give up for about a year. How much is the price ranch for a chainlink fence 210 feet.My contract is charging us 7,500. January, 2014, You can't imagine what you've done for me - Thank you! Average job costs for remodeling… Read more », Micheal, Have been for a while! Here's how our typical job costs break down: 10 percent labor, 15 percent material, 70 percent subcontractors and 5 percent equipment. January, 2017, I would like to take this opportunity again to thank Michael for his excellent book. I'm a remodeling contractor in . Thank you for all you have done and all you do! Just barely getting by, the poor things. I am not a GC, so I turn it all over to the contractor, I don’t want to give more contracts to my client to deal with. It’s hard to be fair and competitive. I agree that smaller projects (less than $10,000) should have a higher mark up. Your information is so helpful for guys like me trying to learn the ropes.October, 2018. Most contactors always buy materials from lumber yards which are almost always more expensive then box stores. If anything, the contractor needs to charge a… Read more ». I rarely see such woeful ignorance on display, even on the internet. October, 2017, If I hadn't came across your website 6 years ago I would have scrapped the idea of running my own construction business entirely. . We are at 1.67. The future looks great thanks to you. I am learning so much from your book! This template is sure to set you apart from the other GCs competing with your company. It is a fairly easy process to figure that number out. Thanks Michael. That’s $2100 for the posts alone. Then, while doing the job I would be working away taking way too long because of my picky nature. To help, we designed a general contractor proposal template that you can easily customize for every job. Say that a contractor is purchasing windows and doors, should this have a markup? We've made so many changes (contract revisions, employee manual, draw schedule structure, calculated markup, updated website and now I'm navigating some marketing ideas. Well obviously it doesn’t work that way.… Read more ». I believe yours is the only one I can say that for!March, 2018, Thank you so much for this relevant information!! Your book is helping me dig myself out of the hole I dug and through myself into. Need to add a bedroom (egress window already in place) and an 8 x 5 full bathroom. All of that took my… Read more », Jeff – You need enough to cover your overhead expenses and make a reasonable profit, and 15-20% won’t do it. !October, 2018, I have been working in residential alterations and renovations 15yrs. If you need to charge 150% to cover your overhead, you need to run a better business. Spoke to a lawyer, he advised me not ti gi after him but to file a lien in thre property, not knowing it came with an 8 grand bill. Who ends up paying for the pump? If you were paying attention to the comments, you would understand that it took ME a lot longer to do than a pro that does this stuff day in and day out. May, 2016, I appreciate all the knowledge you have shared with us over the years and I still enjoy re-reading your books often. I am very involved… Read more ». We feel like we now have a source to get the education we have needed to be successful. And I am only on page 87. Then they have their royalties to pay, taxes, employees, etc. Feel free to call if you’d like, Michael’s in the office most mornings until noon (Pacific time). So if an employee gets a tip, it should be given to the owner and distributed to all on the job. Thank you, thank you thank you! I came across them while looking for tips on how to markup small construction jobs and organise progress paymentsDecember, 2016, I've certainly appreciated all that you do, I've taken a course with you and read some of your books. Day or time ranges are specified using a hyphen '-'. Send them photos of your intended project along with the main details, over email to get a fair enough estimate. You would NEVER barter with a surgeon or head chef at a restaurant for a cheaper price. Blessings! I would like to know why “Job supervision” is not usually a job cost. Absolutely charge them for it, it’s not even a question. In general, there are two types of contracts for construction businesses: lump sum or time and materials. I received my book today and have quickly read it from cover to cover. I feel as though we are back on the same page. Therefore you get illegal crews working under the table with no benefits and actual citizens out of work. The fees are calculated from a markup on materials, subcontractor labor and the total price of the job. I mean don’t get ridiculous. June, 2015, Since finding your company on the internet I've become an avid student of your efforts and give you all the credit for being able to "hold my own" when dealing with more experienced contractors and potential customers. This may be an indication to how they will treat your project moving forward. Because the way you are attacking the industry as a whole leads me to believe your opinions aren’t worth anything because you’re too biased. October, 2017, Your books and advice columns have helped us transform our business. That fact that it took you 5 weeks should answer your question. Why do you want to use a cut rate contractor to improve or repair your major investment? Paying for expenses because the contractor does not have the equipment is ok, but paying a profit charge on top of it it absurd and an insult to injury. (If not, you should). March, 2018, I am really getting energized about making my business profitable. . I agree with the other two posts down here. I just bid a project for a non profit that does million dollar renovations of historical buildings. The risks as a contractor are too large to make 4%. Most people don’t have as much free time as you. of the book outside the U.S., to over 30 different countries. We broke it all down. So long as the contractor approves what you personally purchase (validate that it wont incur additional work, supplies, deviations to the plan, etc.) I have learned some new information. That is, hourly pricing for me and my employees(with markup on employee hourly), and then x1.3 markup on plants, and x1.2 on all other purchases for the project such as ‘hard goods’, irrigation materials, mulch, rentals, landfill fees, hauling fees,….This is due to the very variable circumstances which come up in this realm of work, which is practically all ‘remodel’ work.What do you think… Read more ». I have become a dedicated reader of your books and blogs and have recently purchased the Profitable Estimating online class which is excellent as well. There is no contractors discount that I am aware of. Your site has been a wealth of knowledge and encouragement for me and I share it with my husband and our new team. I couldn’t agree more. Every contractor needs to calculate his markup based on his business. And in some cases, I have heard our estimators say “we just know too much about these types of projects” – in other words, they have done them over and over and KNOW what problems will arise and add contingencies for it. Thanks for sharing. I am a new contractor to the area and had only had one real remodel project since we arrived so I said, ok let’s see what your guy has for a price. This isn’t about how much a truck costs to own. I hope that contractor is insured, has a computer to type on, has a car or truck to drive to the jobsite, a website to get job leads, pictures of his fine work, etc, etc. April, 2015, I've purchased Markup and Profit and Profitable Sales book. In fact, what if I drive to the store with my gas, use my time and money (loan=risk) to attain the fixture, use my vehicle to deliver it to your house (stores charge about $75 per delivery).. say I did all of this but I don’t get a discount on toilets? July, 2012, Thank you for the help and insight you have provided through your books, blog, and monthly E-mails. If he is supplying materials, does he mark these up too? September, 2015, The newsletters are fantastic and we read them every time. i usally multiply my cost by 1.4…is this ok and fair or is it too cheap? the marked up difference is 50% of the retail price. Anything over… Read more ». Plumbers and Electricians work on the same level, not differently as you indicate. Some less, some more. Few people do that in this world. I’m curious, notmycupoftea. I frequently ask for a few quotes, for various projects on my home, but then get so disgusted with the prices that I do the work myself. The price you’ve mentioned of 2,500 is not unreasonable at all as of summer 2018. Also, he may try to hide that 20% somewhere else. they will discount up to 20%. Liked your markup and profit book. April, 2016, The class was excellent. You have helped me adopt the right attitude towards charging properly. She said he was great and really put a lot of attention to detail. . Time and material, and time and expenses, is the same thing. December, 2012, My father, still active in our masonry & concrete business, started using the markup & profit formula about 10 years ago and started making some real profit. © Copyright Cahaba Media Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Theres some planning thats involved in the grand picture trades that need to come in before or after you. I realize that every company is different and not to expect a standard price. (Stuff that anyone who has an employee knows). I am required to carry a 20 million dollar policy just to be allowed in the building. We pay our project managers from our mark up. That was my instinct too. In the offseason I spend a lot of time re-reading your writings. You have brought so much of this industry up a couple of notches, into a more professional sphere.May, 2019, Putting your principles into practice has made all the difference. I just did it myself. General conditions will vary a great deal depending on type and size of job. There isn’t any industry standard in construction, and don’t assume you can estimate the labor, etc., involved. I hardly think he spent 200 hours JUST tiling his wet-area, but maybe he did it with a few hours of free time, in-between work and social life stuff? I can't wait to read Profitable Sales. Small and medium-sized contractors need to mark up properly to stay in business. November, 2015. September, 2020, Michael's classes and newsletters have been the most helpful information I have ever accessed from all the different building publications over the last several years. I have read your book and follow your website and email updates and find them to be extremely helpful. Jan, 2013, I have read Mr. Stones articles in trade magazines for years, have his book on Markup & Profit for several years, and just joined the online discussion group today. Anyone who is planning on hiring a contractor for their business/home remodeling should read this. December 2020, What your team has done for our business has been beyond significant and we are eternally grateful. Your books and proposal writer software have been a wonderful resource for us. This explains why most contractors are living in run down shoeboxes and driving beaters I guess. Perfect example of why I don’t get into these discussions with customers. See https://www.markupandprofit.com/blog/how-much-should-contractor-charge. Should've bought FTE right out of the gate but more importantly, I should've read your books 8-10 years ago! September 2020, I wanted to send a quick email to say thank you for all you do. Markup isn’t profit. I have a question. Contractors seem to just expect way too much money for jobs that people can either do themselves, or hire others to do. Licensed contractors MUST pay their employees + workmen’s comp + insurance + taxes. I have the first MU & Profit book autographed by Devon, and it is a collector's item! Or…the best one…the wall has a bow in… Read more ». We talk about remodeling, but new home builders are no different – they need to cover their overhead expenses and make a reasonable profit… Read more ». Even if it’s the contractor doing the work themselves, they need to be paid for the labor time as well as overhead and profit. The smallest first bathroom: tiling shower, floor and replacing vanity countertop. Just know we all appreciate your hard work. And for you who choose this, don’t complain when you call us to come fix it properly and have to charge more to undo your DIY quality work. The cost of our employees is almost double what we pay them. We had a contractor (not licensed – lost it) charge us $5,000 up front, materials and labor by the hour for himself and his helper, plus 15% P&O. We continue to receive the newsletter which has been beneficial as well. Cheers, Yes you are pretty well on the contractor is making his money on his money like an investment or gambling seeing as all things man made are subject to fail and everyone else has to get their part as well the State the City the county the land fill the insurance company. In my area a reputable full-service remodeling contractor generally charges 20 - 25% markup, sometimes more. There was a contract signed for a remodel, but we’ve reached the estimated price, and the work is only 65% complete. I know this because every project I bid, I bid it according to these laws and a lower number is almost 99%… Read more ». We don't mark up subcontracted work. Just like your doctor, your mechanic, your grocer and every other business. So I understand the… Read more ». Mark, maybe the fact that no one wanted to work with you is a sign that there is something off putting about your personality? . Thank you. Eventually a contractor that has pride in his work and business will learn that they need to charge to stay in business. If I am paying a person to manage a project shouldn’t those costs get charged to the customer and be subject to my typical margin? You’ll see things in the book that can help you find workarounds. But, case by case depending on the particular project circumstances. They just want easy peasy jobs. . Hi Michael, I have a 850 sqft basement I am trying to get finished. he has cost me thousands due to his incompetence. March, 2016, I cannot thank you enough for your time. If its my toilet I can sell it for whatever you’ll pay. The biggest thing most homeowners take for granted is they can pick up the phone and get multiple people to give them a job quote, yet for each phone call they make, behind the scenes you have just asked each company to invest from 1 hour up to multiple hours in your project. 5 weeks at 5 days a week means we have 25 days… so $100/day for that kind of labor is high? We have followed his mark-up rules as closely as ever and are proof that it really works! I guess that gets some people angry. A fixed price is the price. The overhead is intense in the landscaping business. That’s not an argument. Arthur Quillen Construction Company is a general contractor that specializes in custom residential housing. If there is any problem with those materials, your contractor will charge you twice for the labor – once to install the bad materials, then tear them out and install the new materials. We have taken several of your classes for our continuing education and found them very engaging and informative. If you want our seat you will need to buy it… which makes us… your supplier. You've changed our approach to the way we do business and we can't thank you enough. on the supplies for a 100$ deliver is criminal! Thank you for all of the invaluable information you have provided over the years. There is not a week that goes by that I don't use a principle you taught us in your two day class or open your book for reference. We never require homeowners to provide their own materials. Markup, Fee or Profit is intended to cover a portion of General and Administrative (G&A or Home Office Overhead) costs, and provide profit for the contractor or construction manager. Thank you for posting this, Michael. They have to deal with risk of holding items, inventory, moment. As a side, when I had a computer problem, Devon was so very kind and prompt in helping me get some information I needed. Amanda, I am not going to second guess your contractor quotes when I can’t see the job. I am so grateful. Your desire to cheap out on your project has undercut all legitimate contractors….not to mention the harm done to the reputation of legitimate contractors every time you tell all your friend how you got screwed by a “contractor”.… Read more », I couldn’t agree more there Dustin. 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