What's a reasonable rate for hired help?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by the lemon tree, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. the lemon tree

    the lemon tree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is still months away, but I bought the Garden Coop plan in the hopes of using it to give my chickens a more spacious home. Seeing as I have no construction skills and frankly, the lack of interest in building it, and my husband would probably take a few months time to get it done with his schedule, I'm thinking of getting some hired help. The designer of the Garden Coop says it should take just a few weekends for the average person to put it together. I've never hired anyone to build anything, so I was wondering what would be a reasonable rate. Of course, all materials would be purchased beforehand.

    ETA: This is the Garden Coop's website so you can see what it looks like. You'll have to scroll down a little.

    http://www.thegardencoop.com/
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2010
  2. bywaterdog

    bywaterdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    N.O.L.A.
    The Rules of The Game:

    Employer wants the most work for the least money,

    employee wants the most money for the least work.





    Here are a few tips that might help:

    Get several written estimates
    Ask for references
    Actually call and talk to the reference person
    Have a written contract with a completion date
    Do not pay all upfront, maybe 1/2 then the rest on the successful completion of the job
    Pay by the job, not by the hour
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    In addition to the above, price, but do not purchase the materials before getting the estimates. Ask for estimates that separate building material costs--contractors usually get lower pricing than retail. Just make sure that it IS the same or less.
     

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