What do you charge to water pop a floor or is it just a part of what it might take to get the right color and is included if necessary to achieve the desired look.
The way I look at jobs like this, the finisher should be able to determine prior to contracting for the job, if extra steps are required to achieve the desired results. I don't like line itemizing for minor stuff like fuel surcharges, water popping, estimate fees, etc. IMO, it looks like the person is a penny pincher and cheap. I just add up the hours I believe are needed to do the work and all my expenses, including overhead and profit. Oftentimes, the most demanding jobs pay the least, in terms of dollars per hour. It just seems to work out that way. Example: I just finished installing 2100 ft. of prefinished nailed down 5" plank at $5 a ft. took two EASY weeks at about 6 hours a day by myself. There was some minor prep I didn't charge for and installing four door trims at no charge. I mean, 11 grand for 2 weeks is awesome for me. Now the next one will be a small unusual kitchen with a sand in place 5/16" wo quatersawn plank stained to match an existing. Plus there's demo. This is also going to take two weeks but for less than half what I got for that prefinished plank floor.
I charged $28.00 a ft. but still will not make all that much. I figure just wages on this one.