Basement Completion

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Posted by: from London
2/14/2019 at 7:32:53 PM

We are trying to finish our basement and getting different quotes. However, one of the quotes seems really different and I am wondering if someone could help me here. Our basement is roughly 800 sq foot and we are including a bathroom and mini kitchen area. This is the quote we got:

Framing, vapor barrier, insulation :3700 dollars for materials

Drywall, mud, screws, seams : 5700 dollars for materials

Labor for above: 4100 dollars

We have been to Home depot to check out the materials and it simply does not add up. Oh and apparently this doesn't including taping or trim carpentry.

I look forward to input about the pricing. The guy seems honest but almost 14k just for framing??

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Date/Time2/14/2019 at 10:07:57 PM

I would have to see the drawings he completing the bathroom and mini kitchen area as well..or is it just framing drywall tape

Trim etc...

Eco Niagara

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Date/Time2/14/2019 at 10:12:46 PM


It would be difficult to comment without seeing the drawings and determining a full scope of work.

But, through my experience of completing several basements per year the average cost for a finished basement can range from $30 per sqft and up.

Sorry I cannot help more at this point but if you like we could complete a fully itemized scope of work with quoted pricing

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Darren from Tackle It Renovations in Barrie
Date/Time2/14/2019 at 10:16:01 PM

Without seeing plans or the basement it is hard to say if pricing is correct or not.

If there is extra framing aka bulkheads, beam changes than yes he could very well be on par. In my opinion for a basic basement finish with builder grade finishes you would be in the area of 16-20ish grand total. If you would like to send a drawing and some pic i would be happy to have a look

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Oscar from Duarte Tile in Hamilton
Date/Time2/14/2019 at 10:18:34 PM

Completion of basement goes from 50cad sqft to 80cad sqft. This includes everything except unforeseen circumstances.

Like others said is hard without seing drawing to make scope of work.

Just get some references and some more quotes.

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Date/Time2/14/2019 at 10:20:01 PM

I m not sure where you re located but we re in Alberta & charge as follows assuming you have 8 ceilings;

Framing & Insulation would be the same.

$5148 to supply & Install the board

$3900 to mud & tape the seams

It would be an additional charge for the following;

Bullnose corners, textured ceilings & sealed drywall.

All you can do is do your due dilligence & check reference, as to view previous jobs and/or keep shopping around for quotes.

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Escarpment from The Escarpment Group Ltd. in Guelph
Date/Time2/14/2019 at 10:27:23 PM

Hi there, It seems reasonable based on what is listed. As far as the material costs, he may be adding for incidentals, fuel, disposal etc. His labor costs seem low so he may be trying to profit more on the material. Obviously without seeing the project it's hard to judge.

Have you been quoted on electrical, plumbing, flooring, paint, kitchen and bathroom?

Obviously some of these are needed before drywall and mud.


The Escarpment Group

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Date/Time2/14/2019 at 10:53:01 PM

Be careful that seems very high.

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Date/Time2/15/2019 at 8:45:22 AM

Seems very reasonable. I charge $25-35/Lineal foot for framing depending on materials and site etc.. or about $14/sqft. His is actually giving you a line item pricing estimate too so shows his transparency, ask with questions. He including plumbing and electrical or Hvac as well. Ask questions and make sure about licenses, insurance and permits. 800 sf basement is pretty big and depending on partition walls and if load bearing beam or wall to be altered etc.. Seems like really good pricing.


SteveBuilt Inc.

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Date/Time2/15/2019 at 8:53:57 AM

Good Day, In response to your question, to complete your basement properly including a bathroom and mini kitchen you should budget at least $50 to $75 per square foot. You should not look at home depo for products and pricing. Brandom kitchen uses top quality products and materials and we provide warranty.

Thank you

Tony P

Brandom Kitchen & Bath Design Centre Inc.

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Date/Time2/15/2019 at 10:49:14 AM


That quote is way too vague. I have read horror stories on this forum about bad experiences. It all begins with a properly worded and detailed agreement. All should be very clear tonnoth parties. If the contractor can't do that he's not the right one.

Give him another opportunity to properly quote this work. Labor and materials as a separate and tell him you're reviewing other quotes and can't make his comparable. Then if you choose hire him for the labor amount and supply your own materials. Just a thought. Good luck.

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Sam in London
Date/Time2/15/2019 at 10:12:44 PM

Thanks everyone. Just to clarify, he is not doing the taping. He is also not doing trims, plumbing, electrical, flooring, etc..just what I listed above. We have to find someone else for the other jobs. It just seems like 40% of the budget is gone.. I have attached a rough sketch but I think I might ask him to give an itemized statement as opposed to a verbal quote.

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Mark from CMJ Renovations in Oakville
Date/Time2/16/2019 at 12:17:41 PM

My only advise is to hire a company that can do all or most of the work, most contractors work with other subs ie electricians. if he isn't capable of pulling all this together for you then he isn't qualified to do the job

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Date/Time2/17/2019 at 8:38:15 PM

Hello Mark,

I strongly advise you to hire a general contractor that does renovations and will project manage for you. That means specifically: getting plans and budgeting plus sub-contracting etc...

You're extremely likely to go over budget and to get what I call "smart quoted"(when you think you're comparing apples to apples but really it's apple to oranges and there's lots of differences in fine print and what you would get in the end) and there's a number of other problems you're likely going to get into.

https://thebirdwiththehammer. is a really good resource you might want to check out.


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