Sunday, April 4, 2010

Charlie's Estimate

Well, I am a bit disappointed in Charlie's quote. He does good work, but he's expensive. The cost for materials and labor (sometimes from Subcontractors - which means I'm paying for their overhead and profit also) came out to $19 grand. Charlie's overhead and profit at $11,800 which is 60% put the total over $31 grand. Construction would take 4 weeks.

His quote included things like a final cleaning of the kitchen at $350, which when you add in his overhead and profit means the cleaning actually cost $560. To put that into perspective, when we had a house cleaning service, they charged $125 to clean the whole house. Taking out the fat (like the cleaning) and pulling things out for me to do brought the price down, but I think it's still out of our price range.

By running the job myself, I can instantly save the $11,800. By shopping around and doing some of the work myself, I think I can save a few thousand more.

Which is important because I was able to reserve funds in Virginia's Solar Rebate program. The Commonwealth of Virginia will pay me $2 per watt that I install up to $10,000 combined with the Federal Tax credit, it could drop my costs for a 5 kW system to a couple thousand dollars and a payback time of less than 5 years. I think my monthly electric bill will be around $15. Anyway...Kitchen first, solar second, Pizza oven third. Or was that Pizza oven second, solar third...

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