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Im new to the preservation business and it all seems to be going well. However, my only concerns lie within the fine-print. I want to make sure that I am being paid enough for performing even the most basic jobs. What are the bare minimums I should be expecting on the regular?
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Unfortunately, with allowables you get what is written - it is all in what the Nationals keep. When bidding - use a good cost estimator and add for the extras like height or steep or whatever you can think of. Try to determine what needs to be done and how much time you think you will need. Look up prices of supplies you need to make sure you cover it all, if you need to rent equipment - be sure to factor that in.

That being said, watch the companies you work for. Some will give you more money, but the headache of dealing with them is not worth the hassle. Others may pay less (cause they are third party) but they can do more with your pictures and work more for you and just so much less stress.
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Unfortunately, with allowables you get what is written - it is all in what the Nationals keep. When bidding - use a good cost estimator and add for the extras like height or steep or whatever you can think of. Try to determine what needs to be done and how much time you think you will need. Look up prices of supplies you need to make sure you cover it all, if you need to rent equipment - be sure to factor that in.

That being said, watch the companies you work for. Some will give you more money, but the headache of dealing with them is not worth the hassle. Others may pay less (cause they are third party) but they can do more with your pictures and work more for you and just so much less stress.
Agree with details...the more detail the higher price your client can get the bank to pay. Now figure in your costs. Make sure you bid a labor amount that make YOU happy to get out of bed in the morning and FORGET about what the cost estimator says. The CE does not have any clue as to your local specifics. If the CE isn't enough, politely explain why and tell them no. Simple as that. You may or may not get a call back with approval, but under NO circumstances should you ever give it away. How does the old saying go?

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[QUOTE=safeguard dropout;171352] If the CE isn't enough, politely explain why and tell them no. Simple as that. You may or may not get a call back with approval, but under NO circumstances should you ever give it away. How does the old saying go?

By cost estimator I mean a good "program" to help you with what you want to bid. Know what you want to charge and why, so it is easier and more educated to explain why you need what you need.
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