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  • Input benchmark – timber floor sanding

    You may find the input benchmarks useful in calculating the expected income based on the labour and materials used. They apply to timber floor sanders who work directly with household customers and who are responsible for purchasing their own materials.

    The input benchmarks have been developed in consultation with the Australian Timber Flooring Association.

    They represent the industry norm. You should consider your own personal circumstances when using the input benchmarks to assess your situation.

    These input benchmarks are current as at April 2015.

    Input benchmark guide

    The table below sets out input benchmarks for floor sanders.

    You can use this benchmark to compare and check your business performance to the floor sanding industry average.

    Remember that all dollar amounts are GST-inclusive and the price charged, as well as the amount of preparation and number of coats required, may vary between states and regions.

    Coverage rate for sealer coat (square metres per litre)

    10 – 12

    Coverage rate for finish coat (square metres per litre)

    10 – 12

    Sealer coats per job

    1

    Finish coats per job

    2

    Average job size (square metres)

    80

    Days to complete average job (one tradesperson)

    5

    Days to complete average job (two tradespeople)

    3

    Price charged per square metre

    $18 – $32

    Input benchmark – sales turnover

    You can use this benchmark to:

    • estimate your income
    • compare your income against the bricklaying industry average
    • check that your records accurately reflect your income.

    Remember that all dollar amounts are GST-inclusive and the price charged, as well as the amount of preparation and number of coats required, may vary between states and regions.

    Sales turnover – income guide per tradesperson

    Income guide
    – timber floor sanding

    One tradesperson

    Two tradespeople

    Litres of sealer used per year – one coat

    293

    486

    Litres of finish used per year – two coats

    586

    972

    Total square metres completed per year

    3,516

    5,832

    Price charged per square metre

    $18 – $32

    $18 – $32

    Sales turnover range

    $63,288 – $112,512

    $104,976 – $186,624

    Average job size (square metres)

    80

    80

    Jobs completed per year

    44

    73

    Days worked per year

    220

    220

    Input benchmark examples

    Example 1

    Andrew runs a flooring business and does mostly household jobs.

    On average, Andrew charges $25 per square metre. He always uses a sealer coat before applying two coats of finish and has an average spread rate of 11 square metres per litre.

    Andrew's records show that he purchased 300 litres of sealer during the year. Using the benchmarks, he estimates that he has completed 3,300 square metres with income of $82,500 for the year.

    Andrew's records show that he has completed 2,800 square metres with income of $70,000 for the year. This is much less than he expected. Andrew reviews his quote book and finds five jobs where he received cash payment and used the quote as a tax invoice. This is an additional 400 square metres and $10,000 in income.

    Recalculating his figures, Andrew has completed 3,200 square metres and earned $80,000 for the year. This is within the benchmarks. Andrew contacts his bookkeeper for advice on how to keep better records.

    End of example

    Example 2

    Kim has a flooring business with one employee. He charges $32 per square metre. Using one coat of sealer and two coats of finish per job, he has an average spread rate of 10 square metres per litre.

    Kim's records show that he has purchased 1,100 litres of finish during the year. Based on his business practice of applying two coats of finish per square metre, he uses the benchmarks to estimate that he has completed 5,500 square metres with income of $176,000.

    Kim's records show income $173,000 for the year. This is within the benchmarks and accounts for work done for friends at a discounted rate. Kim is happy with his record keeping.

    End of example
      Last modified: 27 Feb 2019QC 43672