I was just about to buy the "contractors pricing guide - residential detailed costs" at home depot and then my truck broke down. I have a job coming up where the customer wants all kinds of things done mostly in a basement - taking down wall paneling and putting new paneling or greenrock up, getting glue off a concrete floor, painting the concrete floor, new ceiling, baseboards, it goes on and on. I'm trying to charge her by the square foot for these things rather than just giving a vague number. I'm not really used to estimating this way. The only source of per sq foot labor rates I've found so far is the book mentioned above which is 40 bucks, and also I dont have a vehicle now to get there, and I really need to get this estimate out to her. So I'm wondering if you sqaure eye or any other users here can help me find out what to charge per sq foot for these things, or if anyone knows of a website where that can be found. Failing that if you can just give me ballparks that would be better than nothing. The stuff I'm trying to find sq foot labor costs on are:
1. Removal of two layers of paneling on a stud wall in a basement
2. reinstallation of paneling or sheetrock
3. laying down ceramic tile, laminate flooring, or vinyl flooring over concrete basement floor
4. possibly cleaning glue used under carpeting which was on the old basement floor
5. Painitng a basmement floor
6. Installing greenrock on ceiling
7. laying down laminate flooring on stairs ( i.e. not concrete, but rather wood).
This woman has had trouble with her basement flooding so she wants something thats as waterproof as possible for the basment walls and flooring. it actually filled up to a degree during a recent bad storm we had and she had to get rifd of the carpet. Any suggestions for the best looking and most waterproof basment floor and wall materials, with it being relatively inexpensive also a factor?
Thanks a lot,
p.s. It seems like theres gotta be some online source, or some other source of info for going rates in contracting besides just one 40 dollar book at home depot.