What to charge for this work?

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    vinny186

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    I was asked to paint five light posts which will also need to be sanded. Any idea of what to charge per post?
    They're aluminum and about 8 ft tall. When I get home later I'll try to upload a pic.
     
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    What's your experience and level of efficiency?
     
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    I've gutted and rehabbed kitchens and bathrooms, electrical, plumbing, siding, trim work and landscaping and of course painting - my favorite (not;)
     
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    How long do you think it will take per pole? Are you paying for the paint and charging them? What do you think your time is worth?
     
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    Are you doing this for your mom or sister, a family friend, a neighbor, a friend of a friend or someone who cut you off on the on ramp coming home from work?
     
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    When I was a kid (12yo) an old guy that ran a beer distributor (How PA sells beer) talked me into ripping all the old wood siding off his building and promised I would be well taken care of when the job was done. Two days in the sun dirty dusty old splintered wood and I got it done. He came out with a 24 bottle case of old fashion ginger ale and told me it was all mine for doing a good job. I took it home and tried drinking it and it burned my throat it was so gingery. My old man asked me where it came from and how I got it and then he told me you got paid in a way money would never do and I was paid in education on how to not make a deal. For the next 50 years that lesson has stuck.


    Now that I’m retired and if someone asked me to paint 5 poles and if I felt like doing it I would tell them it will take a good 8 hours to do with prep and prime and paint. I would charge them for the material plus an up charge for getting it of 2 hour so 10 hours times what I want to make per hour. Under the table and being old and slow and not really needing the money I would tell them 200 bucks.


    Now you figure it out based on your needs.


    PS: If she were cute and willing to help I would give her my senior citizen discount (oldog discount) of 100 bucks.
     
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    I'm a fitness trainer so she's a client of mine and I'll be nice and just say she's not in shape lol
    Would you guys recommend a paint brush or spray paint? And what kind of sander would you use? TimeWise I'm guessing 45 to 60 Minutes per Pole.
     

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