Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
I spent a few years trimming for an employer before I took a house on my own, so had some experience and technique by that time.
My first house was still somewhat overwhelming, it was a large place in an upscale development which all had crown, chair rail, 5 1/4" base, hardwood staircases, etc. I worked out a "per hole" bid price that includes all the things that other trimmers considered extras. A hole being a door or window, of course. So I'd count up the number of interior & exterior doors and windows in the house, and multiply by the figure I had come up with.
The figure was based upon how long it would take to complete the job (the builder supplied materials), taking into consideration paying my helper and making the estimated hourly rate I wanted.
Pay schedule was 35% on trim out, 65% after finish out.