I'm thinking of starting to do trim work again as well as cabinets. I've been doing cabinets only but it seems like this slow-down is here to stay for a while. I am curious what others charge for trimwork (paintgrade)? Previously I was always working for someone else and getting paid by the hour for this type work. Do you find it better to charge by the foot? By the hour? Base, crown, doors/windows? Please include your general location also.
(Cabinet and Millwork Installation Forum)
From contributor A:
If you are good at what you do, then I believe that by the foot is almost better for the installer for 90% of what we do. We have a base foot price plus add-ons for heights over 8", $xx for each cope/miter, and fixed dollar amounts for setting interior doors, and I also include a DJF line item. I'm located in SW Florida.
For this you are also expected to do lock out (install all door hardware), base to cabinets , make the exterior doors work (installed by the framer) and lock correctly. That is life in the "spec" and volume builder world.
Base Paint grade 2.50 lft / Stain 3.00 lft
Casing Paint 2.00 lft / Stain 2.75 lft
Crown 5.00 - 7.00 lft depending on size of crown.
Standard Site built 3'0 Jamb w/Sidelight or Transom stain grade, cased 2 side 400.00-600.00 / door install BO
Window sill w/apron on drywall cased opening 2' w-4' w 30.00 ea, 4'-6' 50.00 ea