I was considering pursuing a living as a trim sub. It appealed to me because the price is generally set, therefore the harder/faster/more efficient you are the more money you will make. I thought I had finally found my niche until……I struck up a conversation with the local hillbilly that trims out most of the new homes around here. A guy with no tools, no money, and no motivation. Yet somehow he is the go to guy for the GC’s around here.
I wanted to know how he charged. By the sq ft or by the opening/linear ft. I know him well and he wasn’t lying to me, but he proceeded to tell me what he gets paid and how its impossible to make ends meet.
He starts out at 42 cents sq ft for basic trim (3-1/4 base, split jambs) and adds on from there. 5 cents/sq ft for taller base, $1.00/ft for crown, $50/pocket door, $15 ft for stair skirt + railing, $15/pc for stool/apron.
Starting out at that base price I don’t see how you could make a living. Of course I asked hime why he doesn’t raise his rates. His reply, “They would kick me to the curb and find someone else. This is all I got. I’m to old to do something else”
So, is there any money in trim subcontracting anywhere. Around here there is very little demand in NC for superb quality. All that matters is that it is “perfectly acceptable”….if that.
I’ve changed gears and am looking more into remodeling. I was hoping I could make a go of it starting out as a trim sub because of the lower overhead vs that of a remodeler who needs tools for multiple trades (I have a lot, but you know how it is, could use a lot more).
What are your thoughts….