Subcontracting a Water Tower


#1

I recently recieved a call from a local painting & sandblasting company to look into cleaning a 150’ shperical water tower for them, they usually clean them themselves but they are busy & stretched thin on employees. The job needs to be done by a certain date & he (owner of sandblasting & painting company) is supplying the lift & any other equipment needed, even his machine if i want (his has more gpm & psi for that 150’ push straight up), so basically im just providing the labor for the most part, if they are going to repaint then we will pressure wash it (& NO not with that infamous red tip lol) but if its just a touch up job then we will softwash it (he finds out today which one they will do)so as many others have asked with help or suggestions on pricing i am doing the same! Ive been reading & searching all weekend & have a guestimate but was just wanting more input, so i open to advice & thanks prior for any responses. Thanks in advance but just to save a few questions & what not… im not looking for advice on the process, insurance, osha etc… which i know play a part in price lol, thanks for reading my lil book!


#2

how long do you think it will take you to do?


#3

He told me that it takes his guys anywhere from 1 loooong day up to 2 “average” work days.


#4

how many guys to do it?


#5

3 total, 1 on the ground & 2 in manlift.


#6

I’m going to look at a water tower tomorrow. Keep us in the loop. I’m gonna ask them for regulations and a sit down with the water department people to figure out what I absolutely cannot do.


#7

Will do! While i was googling & digging info up on water towers i stumbled across the city council meetings that took place few months ago, & in it i seen how much they aproved to pay his company to do the job (clean & paint) so i gave him an offer & still waiting to hear back…


#8

Which was how much? x)


#9

A good 5 digit number lol


#10

You won’t get it at 5 digits! You’ll be lucky at 4 digits with it being his lift and equipment. Just a reality statement.


#11

Let me elaborate on that statement. He obviously has guys trained that know how to do this. I understand that they are stretched thin but money talks. If he offered 3 guys double overtime or around $60 on hour each they would take the work. And the owner knows this. So 3 guys @60 with 2 10 hour days is $3,600

See my point?


#12

If this guy is that booked you have a pretty good chance of him sending more work your way in the future. If you could use the extra work I would be cautious not to overbid because he definitely won’t call you for any other jobs.

Before I saw the numbers that Chris posted I was thinking that you should charge your hourly wage for two days and then maybe add 10%-20%. If you’re at $150 an hour for 20 hours that puts you at $3000. Add 20% and that gives you $3600. If you need the work don’t add the 10%-20%.


#13

@SchertzServicesLLC i was replying to @JOSHH question about how much they were contracted with the city for the entire job which by the way will be a full paint job after the cleaning.


#14

It doesn’t appear that that looking at the timeline of the conversation. :man_shrugging:t2:


#15

Ok… i just re-read the last few posts & realized that i mis-understood @JOSHH question so let me clearify… i gave him a $3500 “quote”. Sorry for my confusion!


#16

Power of the “9’s” dude… power of the “9’s”.

Shudda gone $3509.

If you get the job, please make sure you get some pics and document the job… be cool to see how exactly its done.


#17

My bad @SchertzServicesLLC lol


#18

Lol… power of the 9’s huh!!! Or maybe shoulda went with $3499…


#19

You won’t find a round number on my estimates. Power of 9’s is real. But you gotta use it right. Add a couple hundred extra on it and then the 9’s and most folks won’t even see the first couple digits.

Pricing psychology is real. Google it. :slight_smile:

If my first thought was $3400 I’d bid at $3599. But I’m also a weirdo.


#20

I will def look it up! & i’ve been called worse lol