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Old 04-23-2011, 01:25 AM   #1
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Default Linear foot VS square foot.

Hey, I had a little debate with one of the designers that I work with.

She says Linear foot is better way to estimate a job.
I say Square Foot is more accurate.

What do you think?
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I only bid by linear foot when putting up crown. But mostly I just bid by how long it will take me

I use sq. ft. when laying tile or any flooring.
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I only bid by linear foot when putting up crown. But mostly I just bid by how long it will take me

I use sq. ft. when laying tile or any flooring.

Normally, yes. essentially how much is your time worth.. but what if its a 60 unit low rise condo job?

I still think SQ ft is better. since we are covering an area, but still I find it hard to change the linear mind set in people.
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Neither is a good estimating procedure.

The best one I know of is time + materials + overhead + profit.
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I use a combination of linear foot rates and square foot rates as well as unit rates for time that it takes to do the job.

I will then make any changes for special circumstances, additional time etc, then base my price on the time ot takes to complete the job plus materials, overhead etc.

Square foot or linear foot rates are a good way to lose your shirt bigtime on specific types of jobs
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Hey, I had a little debate with one of the designers that I work with.

She says Linear foot is better way to estimate a job.
I say Square Foot is more accurate.

What do you think?
I thought Linear foot was just for base and crown?
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sq ft for walls & ceiling, lin ft for trim, unit for windows/doors.

and then adjust for pita factor and degree of prep.



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