My advice is to always do a takeoff. This square foot and per hole stuff just doesn't work unless you've done a bunch that were so similar to the plan under review that you have numbers to look back on.
Yes, you can do ft² pricing for the Code minimum, then add all the above-and-beyond stuff. But to simply say "I charge $x per square foot" will make you go under so fast it will make you dizzy. It's just that there's too much well-above-Code-minimum in most houses.Sorry Sparky, but I think your wrong.
Ive done it both ways, and if if have good parmeters set up on a sq ft bid, you can do it.
Sq ft is just a base price for me though, I have allowances for other things, such as 14 foot ceilings, or services needing SER cable withany kind of distance. Just naming a couple.
I do it the opposite way. I price per item, then divide by the square foot as a check.I like square foot pricing as well but I always cross reference it with a per opening price. And some houses are a lower square foot price because there easier and have less opening. And some are higher for other various reasons. But you can't have a blanket price for everything. Thats just stupid.
I agree, but not many of us have a shot at big developments at this time.In fairness, if you're wiring code minimum houses for builders of mostly code minimum type dwellings, you might be able to develop a reasonable square foot price. My customer list happens to have such diverse tastes, that would be a nightmare.
Its been answered the best way possible several times now, figure out his OWN cost to wire a home. Nobody here can figure out his cost without knowing how long it takes him, or what material he uses or methods to get to the end result. Unless you are specifically based in Atlanta, your costs will be of no use whatsoever to him. I am in Wisconsin, what I charge to do a home will not be close to what contractors in Atlanta charge.I see that no one has answered your questions yet.
I bid by the opening, but like many others use sq.ft. just to see when I'm done. Average 2 to 2.5K sq.ft. "camp" comes out around that 4.65 mark here.good point. I was using 5 a sq ft. , service would be extra,no cans and a few other items, but now ive backed down do to the pricing presure from other ec's. About 4.65 now