TL;DR

Full Turn uses dynamic pricing, which is calculated by each individual job’s unique requirements.

We can give a "solid as gold quote" from just a few photos. Let our Estimating bot price your project



The light construction handyman field is the wild, wild West. There are multiple ways our competitors price items. These include, but are not limited to:

  • By the square foot

  • According to industry "standards"

  • Based on what they need to make that week

  • Based on what they believe your pain threshold is

  • Based on how much they can undercut the "other guy"

There is no way to find a "standard" price, because this is mostly an unregulated industry. Standards are an illusion. 

The consumer is highly misinformed, and this works in the service provider’s favor.

Why the more traditional ways are not suitable for accurate quotes:

Square Foot

The price and availability of material can fluctuate dramatically throughout the year. The square-foot price is updated annually, at the very best. Even if you keep up with it, there are different places it could be reported at different rates.

As an example of fluctuations, in 2018 there was a 20% price increase on paint. That's huge. However, the square-foot price at a lot of places where we do business is still the same as it was, on average, in late 2016.

Some measure the home’s overall square footage for a price, while others measure surface square footage. Example: A 10x10 room could be 100 square feet, but in an average 8' high ceiling home, it could be 320 square feet. How and who measures matters.

Hourly

Hourly is hard to get right. First, when does the meter start running? Second, when does it stop? Two carpenters looking at the same job could have wildly different approaches. One may charge only for the onsite work, whereas the other will include the material run & walk-through. Also, one may be able to do the same scope faster through sheer exposure/experience. Should that carpenter be penalized for being better?

Charge more per hour, you say. Well, if one carpenter says he's $50 an hour, and another says he's $125, how do you, the consumer, make the right choice? No resume, referral, or pictures can help this decision on every job. Light construction companies/handymen who charge by the hour find themselves having to justify a rate rather than earning it.

Your Pain Threshold

One classic method is to size you, the consumer, up. For the same service, a $95,000 home with a Corolla outside will be quoted a very different price than a $750,000 home with a Tesla charging in the garage. Imagine buying milk that way.

Undercut

Another classic. Politely ask to see the “other guy’s” quote. This is flawed in many ways:

1. It’s unknown whether the "other guy" was capable of scoping the project correctly and what method he used to come up with the price.

2. There is an inherent cost to do an estimate. It takes time, energy, and experience, which are all valuable. There's no such thing as a free estimate, as it were. So, if someone provided an estimate, and it's approximately on the right path, company #2 already has an advantage to lower the overall price, because they’re starting off with a lot less invested.

3. If they can do it cheaper, why couldn't the other company/person?

A guy in a truck can always outbid a company playing the game by the rules.

Guy in a truck

Full Turn Services (or another company)

No or improper insurance

True insurance that covers all workers, vehicles, and properties

Cash paid to a sordid bunch of day helpers

Employee payroll + burden, promotions, education, and of course, real workers’ compensation coverage with background and drug tests

No rent or utilities

Rent, storage, and utilities

Can't offer a warranty on work

Has reserves to offer a warranty of one to five years, depending on the contract

No taxes

Reports and pays their due taxes

This is just a handful of differences. There really could be a book written about it.

How We Price: Dynamic Pricing

It's a multi-part combination. Over the years, we've completed literally tens of thousands of varied jobs. We keep extremely accurate records that can be called up for reference.

We pair the scope with the most competent Problem Solvers on staff to complete the repair.

We use square foot + hourly + historic data + new input (how unique this job is vs. a similar kind) + location to deliver a dynamic price.

For my fellow nerds out there it looks something like this:

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It's a multi-part combination. Over the years, we've completed literally tens of thousands of varied jobs. We keep extremely accurate records that can be called up for reference.

Currently, no two companies are set up the same way. We have full-time, legally-insured employees with thousands of hours of work to reference as needed, with field project managers and an office admin staff to support their efforts.

Until everyone has the same customer service, reliability, reporting, and R&D commitments, pricing will be all over the place when companies of different calibers are bidding on the same projects. Our goal is to get you the most comprehensive information in a timely manner, so you can make the best decision for your needs.