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How much a sf to install?

Discussion in 'Sales, Marketing, Pricing Etc.' started by K2, Mar 12, 2020.

  1. K2

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    I am doing some trailers for the beer company and I am usually around $3 sf for pricing as the are usually pretty generic and flat sides. Very easy installs. But, I am doing a bay door trailer for them that has a lot of cuts and divider bars this time and was wondering what you guys charge for this. Not a difficult install but it is more time consuming. Thought?

    Pic just to show what kind of trailer I am talking about, not actual trailer.
     

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  2. Modern Ink Signs

    Modern Ink Signs Premium Subscriber

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    Few thoughts for you.....


    Add a $200-$300 for the additional time it takes

    adjust your per sq pricing

    charge install per hour and it is what it is
     
  3. Jayefkay531

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    I hate the idea of sqft pricing for exactly this. I'm on the 3M website and people always call saying "we have 25sqft of vinyl and are paying $65, when can you do it?" 25sqft on a flat drywall or 25sqft wrapping a fender are two very different animals. We charge based on how long we think something will take us. Knowing a sqft base helps to estimate, but we never give pricing based on that.

    If you want to do a few tiers of sqft pricing (flat panel, simple curves, complex curves, never ending cuts, etc), I'd recommend setting a minimum price to go with it.

    As for your question of what we would charge...too many factors such as type of vinyl, how many doors/panels, size of truck, etc.
     
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  4. decalman

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    People want some kind of price .
    I take at shot how much time it takes.... but the meter stays running .

    Everything ALWAYS takes More time than it looks.
     
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  5. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    To an inexperienced fool, yes that's true.
     
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  6. Jester1167

    Jester1167 Very Active Member

    Wow, how do you get 3 a square for flat with rivets and from anyone let alone a liquor distributor? That's vehicle wrap pricing for a trailer, I'm moving to Arkansas. What city are you in? JK

    As Modern Ink said I would add $300 for the additional time to clean the cracks in all those slats and to cut and tuck the vinyl.

    When I quote jobs I typically double-check myself by pricing per square (market rate) foot and time as well. If both numbers are close, I know I am in the sweet spot. If they are quite a bit different I'll take a more detailed look to cover my butt.
     
  7. decalman

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    You sure are a creep.
    Texas_signmaker
     
  8. iPrintStuff

    iPrintStuff Prints stuff

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    If it “always” takes more time than it looks/you’ve estimated. Don’t you think you should look at how you’re estimating? Clearly there’s something going wrong there.
     
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