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Old 03-09-2010, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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Just keep in mind the hourly wage will/should be in the $35-$50 range. Taxes, cost of doing business, profit, etc would all have to be factored in. $5k does not sound drastic, but a bit steep maybe without seeing it.
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:22 AM
 
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I would never pay a general contractor 35-50 /hour to paint.

That is like paying your plumber to clean your bathrooms.

Way to many people with experience that will do it for
10/hour or 200 per room.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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$35-40 not 50...typo.
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I would never pay a general contractor 35-50 /hour to paint.

That is like paying your plumber to clean your bathrooms.

Way to many people with experience that will do it for
10/hour or 200 per room.
OK - I have to say that since moving to NC I am SHOCKED by the prices that general (and other) contractors charge. The guy that built my screen porch did a nice job but he said in conversation that he paid hi (hispanic) workers $15-19 an hour and he paid himself $100 an hour , geez what is he a brain surgeon!!

A plumber came to repair a leak and charged $225 after a 10% discount - he was here for 30 mins max and the part was like $5

I had a painter quote for painting hall, stairs and landing (hall is open to 2 storeys) and he wanted $600 labor . I painted it in 3 hours with my wife holding the ladder for the high pieces

Another plumber I called up agreed he was capable of doing a job in the bathroom , when he arrived he dismantled things and then said it was beyond his capabilities but that he would need $50 gas money - right, like that's happening

It just FEELS like no one wants to earn a days pay.

Note to self: instead of wasting valuable time getting a bachelors degree and 2 masters degrees I should have done a vocational course
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Old 03-10-2010, 01:31 PM
 
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Many contractors, such as plumbers, do have skills beyond that of others (If they didn't then you would fix your plumbing yourself).

You have to take into consideration that the good contractors are going to treat their services like business and if they don't they are not going to be around long. Please consider that professional contractors have insurance, advertising, equipment costs, and other overhead that must be priced into their service in order to provide the very best service and stand by their work. You do not simply pay the hourly rates of the workers.

Also, keep in mind that even though you may have gone to college and gotten masters and probably work for a nice company....that company is actually paying a lot more for you than the salary you receive!!
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Old 03-10-2010, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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Many contractors, such as plumbers, do have skills beyond that of others (If they didn't then you would fix your plumbing yourself).

You have to take into consideration that the good contractors are going to treat their services like business and if they don't they are not going to be around long. Please consider that professional contractors have insurance, advertising, equipment costs, and other overhead that must be priced into their service in order to provide the very best service and stand by their work. You do not simply pay the hourly rates of the workers.

Also, keep in mind that even though you may have gone to college and gotten masters and probably work for a nice company....that company is actually paying a lot more for you than the salary you receive!!
Exactly! The cost of doing business is, well, costly.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Many contractors, such as plumbers, do have skills beyond that of others (If they didn't then you would fix your plumbing yourself).

You have to take into consideration that the good contractors are going to treat their services like business and if they don't they are not going to be around long. Please consider that professional contractors have insurance, advertising, equipment costs, and other overhead that must be priced into their service in order to provide the very best service and stand by their work. You do not simply pay the hourly rates of the workers.

Also, keep in mind that even though you may have gone to college and gotten masters and probably work for a nice company....that company is actually paying a lot more for you than the salary you receive!!
I would say that we have DIFFERENT skills. I actually got fed up of being gouged by plumbers and did the last repair myself so it could be argued that the skills I was paying for were pretty basic.
FWIW I did all my studying whilst working full time and I work for the State ( not in the category of nice company by any stretch)
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:48 AM
 
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My point was more that ANY company pays more for each individual employee than just their salary....along with general company advertising, rent, overhead, liability insurance, etc.

I would agree with you about different skills...and most skills in work revolve around education, experience, knowledge, licensing, etc. Some plumbers could probably take time to eventually learn how to do some of the BASIC things that are part of your job too!
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Old 03-11-2010, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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My point was more that ANY company pays more for each individual employee than just their salary....along with general company advertising, rent, overhead, liability insurance, etc.

I would agree with you about different skills...and most skills in work revolve around education, experience, knowledge, licensing, etc. Some plumbers could probably take time to eventually learn how to do some of the BASIC things that are part of your job too!
Anyone could do some of the basic things in my job
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:34 AM
 
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When it comes to contractors, you need to be VERY careful. If they do a good job, it's worth every penny you spend.
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