Posted by Ken (Fl) on July 23, 2003 at 12:31:03:
Several years ago I had purchased a guide. I don’t know if it was the same publisher though.
It worked well for generic average pricing on new construction, straight forward projects. The hardest part is adapting the guide to the area you are in. The one I used had an average of the country regarding materials and labor. There was a multiplier to compensate for different areas.
The number really wasn’t realistic if there were any oddities or existing construction to work with.
The cost of materials can vary from day to day depending on what and where you buy. The cost of labor is a moving target. The job itself can have hidden implications if you have never done it before.
Use your best judgment when assessing your abilities. Don’t put yourself in a situation where your lack of experience will cost you more than hiring the right experience.