Assigning an hourly rate to tasks

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    markintheworld
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    Is there a way to assign a labor cost to a component using hourly rate? For example, if I feel that a framing task will take 3 days, can I select that group and assign 24 hours and a crew rate of $115/hr and then have the report show that breakdown, or is the only way to enter labor as a $ value?

    #5477

    John Brock
    Moderator

    Yes – in Estimator, you can add what I call “Associated Costs” with the + button – for components, layer, materials. So for example, an oven component – you could assign the cost to the component itself, add tax, etc. then hit + to add associated cost. Then you can use *24 as the multiplier and $115 as unit price and HR for Unit Displayed – it will report both when selecting the one component.

    You could do this with any component – in your example (and not sure how extensive this grouping is) – you could choose each “wall” or whatever you are grouping, then Make Component to group them. In Estimator, do as above…

    Does that make sense? Give it a try and let me know if you have any questions.

    John Brock
    john@estimatorforsketchup.com

    #5659

    markintheworld
    Participant

    Just to clarify, I assign the hourly rate in the Unit Price field, and then I enter the number of labor hours estimated for the given component/task in the Multiplier field, correct?

    I am a little bit confused in general as to what multipliers are used for in Estimator – it seems like multipliers have a number of different uses or functions in different situations?

    #5701

    John Brock
    Participant

    Hello-

    You do have several ways you can do this in Estimator – regarding hourly rates. Two examples – let’s say you have a $400 window component and you pay your installer $50 to install that window. You could then use COMPONENT tab and assign the unit price for the column ($400) (attribute of QUANTITY – default) and unit of EA – then click on the + button to create a new cost entry and keep attribute of quantity – use *(# of hours) in the multiplier, unit rate for labor and HRS (or whatever you use) in the units displayed – save.

    Then each similar window component you select will total $450 – pick two and it is $900, etc.

    OR – you could use Quotes if you want to to enter unit rate and number of hours.

    Hope this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions.

    Regards,
    John Brock
    john@estimatorforsketchup.com

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