We will be selling our 30 year old house next spring and need to update the master bath. As such we don't want to spend a whole lot on this renovation. The layout will stay the same, with no major changes to electrical or plumbing.
We were thinking a budget of approximately $20,000. Well we just got our first quote and it was demoralizing. We were given a labour only quote of $18,000! Can someone tell me if this is a reasonable quote? Now I understand why so many people DIY!
Totally depends on the quality and style your going for and the combined details of the full project. Far to many variables so a simple square footage price. I would recomend a company consultation to help you figure out what it is you want.
But ya 18k for just labour is a bit overboard for a max 3-4 week project.
Is your home post war, with horse hair plaster and wooden slates? Does the floor have multiple layers of subfloor, leveler, tile, etc? Is the room encased in Knob & Tube?
If you answered "No" to all the above....I see no reason labor would $18,000
My name is Joseph and I'm the owner of DesignBuild. Yes no doubt $18K is very high for labour. However, $12K to $15K also seems very low. A 150 square foot bathroom is a generous size. Assuming you would like a four picece (tub, shower, vanity and toilet), and depending on the quality of the finishes a far more reasonable estimate is between $20K and $25 K. This would give you a beautiful room that would add value and marketability to your home. Frankly cheap is, well, cheap and a discerning buyer would pick that up immediately.
All the best,
Yes to gut a smaller bathroom right to the 2 x 4's should run you between 10 and 15K, but that being said that is about average, you could spend much less and unfortunately it would look cheap and people will know that and you could spend a lot and people will be instantly sold, but you WILL NOT get your money back because a bathroom, like a Kitchen are essential rooms in a house and are very personal. It must be generic but very tasteful.
Estimates between 11 and 14K should give you a nice selling bathroom check Better Business Bureau, local Chamber of Commerce. Get many estimates, do your research.
$18k just for labour on a Re & Re (remove & replace) is extremely high. I could see $18k for the whole bathroom with allowances for fixtures to help control cost.
Please feel free to contact us for a free quote.
Thanks to everyone for your expertise. I'm relieved that the general consensus is that $18,000 is not what I should be expecting for labour costs. I've already scheduled another estimate. Let's hope this one is more reasonable.
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