I haven't had to estimate anything like that, but cost+110% would be closer to market. Other factors would dictate adjusting the price from there. I usually use that as a starting point to estimate which new tool I'm going to get out of the deal. :)
When I rarely do commision work, I try to decide how long it would take me IF I was working on it full time, and then quote a flat rate labor cost based on that.
Alternatively, you could find an existing item, and base your cost on what such an item would cost (within reason).
I charge material cost plus 10 to 20% depending on the complexity of the project. For a built in bookcase 20% should be good.
THE NORM HERE IN FLORIDA IS THREE TIMES THE COAST OF MATERIAL
MAKE THAT COST
Start off with materials and time at 50/50 and then ask your self if you would be happy to pay the figure.
You should also provide an initial cost approximation to allow the customer to have some input and an early understanding of just what the will be up for.
Have fun too!
I think it's hard to add percentages to materials when you think in regards to what lumber they'd want. If they wanted Cherry you would come out ahead, but if they want pine.... I build/sell cabinetry as a hobby and I use Ready to Assemble prices and when it comes to special/custom pieces, I figure my labor and how long it will take to build at around $20 and hour. Hope this helps.
great link...maybe i'll start making some stuff to sell!
Jens Jensen said:
That sounds fair if your comfortable with that arraingment, I too had that experience over the Holidays, they liked my work so much they insisted on paying me more for labor than I asked for. so good luck and most importantly have fun!!