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RSMeans Contractor's Pricing Guide: Residential Repair & Remodeling 2012 (Means Residential Repair & Remodeling Costs) (Means Contractor's Pricing Guide: Residential & Remodeling Costs)
(15 customer reviews)
RSMeans Contractor Pricing Guide: Residential Repair & Remodeling Costs 2012 provides reliable construction cost information for the residential repair and remodeling contractor, featuring total unit price costs for every aspect of the most common repair and remodeling projects. In a format organized for the way you build -- from frame to finish, it covers every step needed to complete each task. It includes demolition, installation, painting, cleaning and more.
- Amazon Sales Rank: #1185627 in Books
- Published on: 2011-10-31
- Original language: English
- Number of items: 1
- Dimensions: .89" h x 8.50" w x 10.86" l, 2.00 pounds
- Binding: Paperback
- 315 pages
Most helpful customer reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
Great book for pricing jobs
By I. Olson
The standard for pricing jobs. It allows me to get an idea of labor, material, and demo costs and pricing for work I need to bid on as well as work that I don't do on a daily basis. The only thing I wish it had was an easier way to find categories. I find myself just thumbing through the top page headers until I find what I'm looking for, if they could bracket, divide or mark the sides or top of the pages like auto repair or parts manuals it would speed up looking for different categories and job types.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
Useful, but has dated materials and construction techniques
A useful reference for putting together an estimate in your own spreadsheet. But, it seems to reflect materials and construction techniques from decades ago rather than today's materials and client desires.
For example, renovating/building decks is not covered, clad windows/doors - which require interior stain/clear-coat or paint only - are not included, and various engineered structural and finish products are not included. Some discussion of paint-shop prepared siding, windows/doors/etc would be useful as compared to the on-site per-unit costs, as shop-prep often makes sense for a larger remodel. I could generally make a fair guess as to varied labor/other costs given known material costs, but would rather have seen this book reflect how non-historic homes are being built and remodeled in 2012.
Reasonably priced, I still recommend purchase both for contractors/designers making estimates as well as for savvy homeowner's wanting an idea of what some project might cost.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
Not enough coverage
We're looking to buy and renovate an old house. After we tour each one, I put together a projected budget to decide if the total cost is in our price range. That's what I bought this book for: to be able to apply accurate pricing to anticipated work. Well, it helps some.
But there are some major categories missing. For example, no pricing on a full-height foundation wall. Or on spray foam insulation. And some descriptions are vague. Perhaps these are reasons this book is one quarter the price of RS Means's Building Construction Cost Data 2012 book, but these are ridiculous omissions.
I used an RS Means book years ago when I was a kitchen designer to calculate related remodeling costs, and there were also figures for larger projects--for example, a gable-roofed dormer or a whole addition. These were handy more to establish an initial ballpark, but that's a big part of how this book could be used. I could tell a prospective client that adding a dormer would be about x number of dollars, and that might either convince them not to do it, or to ask me to explore the pricing in more detail. Nothing like that in this book!
The lack of an index is also unfortunate. You need to check the table of contents at the font, and sometimes guess in which category the information you need is.
I still give it three stars, because a lot of the information is handy and I don't know where else it's compiled into this format. But don''t expect to sit down and estimate a whole remodel from this book; you're likely to need to do some more research.