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Grades Of Repair Work

View Poll Results: Grades Of Photo Repair Work
Yes, 3 Stages Is Pretty Much Accurate 3 13.04%
Maybe 1 More Stage Would Be Accurate 8 34.78%
Maybe 1 Less Stage Would Be Accurate 0 0%
No, Each Job Is Very Unique 12 52.17%
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Old 11-27-2004, 09:07 AM
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Grades Of Repair Work

I've gather the estimates/grades of repair work from many photo repair sites over the net.

Would you agree that this is pretty much a standard. Can restoration be broken down into these 3 basic grades?

Grade 1

Minor fading
Slightly discolored
Light specs of mold damage
Hair-line fissures

Grade 2

Heavy scratch marks
Facial area corrections
Multiple paper wrinkles
Moderate specs of mold damage

Grade 3

Large areas missing or damaged
Large areas of face or body missing
Significant mold damage
Siginificant scratch marks
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Old 11-29-2004, 12:46 PM
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Three seems to be adequate without being overly complex but I have to look at every job before I estimate it.
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Old 12-01-2004, 11:17 AM
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Thanks Chip and others for your responses.

I'm trying to clarify the justification of pricing for various levels of expertise required for different levels of restoration work.
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Old 09-30-2005, 11:10 PM
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I do the three tier grade system as well, but it's actually a replacement of my former per-hour system.

I more or less determine what grade the photo is in by how long I believe it would take me to complete it instead of what is wrong with it. I apply that to both restoration and alteration-- # of estimated hours is what determines the grade.

1-2 hours is grade 1.
3-4 hours is grade 2.
5+ hours is grade 3.

I still offer the hourly rate for people who prefer that, and it's much better now that I've gone from $8.50/hr to $25/hr. :P
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