March 4, 2011 at 1:58 am #5545AnonymousInactive
can anyone tell me what i should charge when line painting, how much per foot. also how much should i charge for arrows and disable marking, im in ontario canada
thanks for your helpMarch 4, 2011 at 6:28 am #6273Girish C. Dubey, President STAR, INC.Participant
Here’s what I’ve written before…
Pricing is always tricky. Hereâ€™s why. Overhead and competition. First things firstâ€¦
If you pay $10.00 per gallon and get 350â€™ per gallonâ€¦that alone costs 3 cents per foot.
Letâ€™s say itâ€™s a â€œRe-stripeâ€ of an 80 car parking lot = 1500â€™. Youâ€™ll need 5 gallons of paint = $50.00. Nowâ€¦Iâ€™m going to stop right here and dangerously sayâ€¦most people think thatâ€™s your overhead = paint! Butâ€¦you and I know betterâ€¦I did not include one cup of gas for the striping machineâ€¦3 gallons of gas for your truckâ€¦your cell phone billâ€¦yellow pagesâ€¦business insuranceâ€¦1 million dollars worth of insurance isnâ€™t that expensiveâ€¦buy it.
Soâ€¦if itâ€™s JUST YOU working and youâ€™re spraying a parking lot that has 80 carsâ€¦figure 3 lines per minute. You can stripe the entire job easily in less than 2 hours. 30 minutes for prep and clean upâ€¦30 minutes for stripingâ€¦the rest for travel. By the wayâ€¦thatâ€™s in a perfect worldâ€¦supposing weâ€™re pretty good at our job. AND…I know in other parts of my country…paint costs $16.00 per gallon…aaahhhggg! …that’s high!
So how much do you want? After all is said and done?…$200.00? $300.00? That means $250.00 – $350.00â€¦plus whatever additional â€œoverheadâ€ you decide. That means itâ€™s 17 – 23 cents per foot. ANDâ€¦thatâ€™s for a Re-stripeâ€¦not an â€œOver sealâ€…let alone a â€œLayoutâ€. pdboyfloyd…I cannot get that price in my town. BUT…my paint is lower in cost.
Iâ€™ve helped stripers price from all over. Some live in towns where they’re the only striper within 400 miles. AND…the closest paint store is 45 miles away. I live in a large, well known metropolis. If 30 cents for a Re-stripe is the going rate for your neck of the woodsâ€¦so be it. BUTâ€¦be carefulâ€¦it may not mean that youâ€™ll be making more than someone else pricing at 17 – 23 centsâ€¦in a different â€œmarketâ€… = a different neck of the woods…like mine.
Here’s what you do…check your overheadâ€¦look at the jobâ€¦put a price on it. Your price. How much does a gallon of paint cost in your area? How much is your immediate overhead? How much do you want beyond that? Bid it. Walk away. If you’re the lowest person in town…so what? At least you’re covered and you’ll learn.
Next…I remember the first time I â€œuppedâ€ my prices. It was because I was swampedâ€¦swampedâ€¦swamped. My overhead didnâ€™t change. Did I mentioned swamped? I deduced 2 thingsâ€¦1) my prices may be too lowâ€¦OR…OR…!…2) I was in demand. Iâ€™d like to think that I was doing a good job.
Nowâ€¦I know you can do the work. And I know youâ€™ll do a good job. Soâ€¦what I would like to encourage you to do is thisâ€¦price the job as you see it. Grow and build a reputable business. Keep in mind all thingsâ€¦best you canâ€¦including your â€œsecondaryâ€ overhead = your home life. You’ll do fine. You’ll figure it out…for your area.
I hoped I helped.
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