I'm looking to renovate my kitchen. I'm overwhelmed by the different prices by different contractors, for the same work.
Please let me know:
1) Cost to install a new gas line.
2) Cost to relocate plumbing. My basement is unfinished.
3) Cost to remove the old kitchen.
4) Cost to install under cabinet LED light.
5) Cost to remove old tiles and install new porcelain tiles.
Thank you for your responses.
Yes I understand your dilemma. If you get several quotes from contractors for the same work it is very possible to get different prices. There is no set price. Also there are many factors that can affect price. Without giving you a ton of information explaining this, I think since you are looking for a contractor to do this work you simply haven't found one that you trust yet. The other possibility is the pricing you have received is not what you expected. My experience in the GTA this year is that the price to do a kitchen has gone way up in the last 6 months. Even an entry level small kitchen can be over $10K.
This may not be what you want to hear but I think your only option is to take your time and find someone you like enough to trust to handle the work and provide you a product you want. You cannot really breakdown the items as you've listed it above. It looks like you are trying to find the 'correct' prices for the work you want done and in some cases you just cant.
Renovations are not for everyone and almost no renovation goes smoothly. There are issues with every job. It is most important for both parties to have a 'reasonable' disposition to lay the groundwork for good communications and ensure a completed project.
Smart City Reno
I suggest you keep looking and asking for more estimates until you find a common price range. It may not be the price you want, but it'll be the cost of doing your kitchen. Don't just look at price. Large companies have larger overhead. Then take your time with selecting the contractors to decide which one will be a fit.
Hope this helps. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
This is a quick quote for the tiles. If they are ceramic or porcelain tiles to be removed that is 3$ sq/ft to remove plus dumping fee usually 10$ per 100kg. To install it is around 6-8$ depending on the size of the tile and if there is mesh to be installed.
Stephan from SB Construction
LED lights installed, can be from $5 each to $35 each for direct replacements (part only), plus labour. Any NEW wire to feed under cabinet lights cannot be feed directly off your kitchen counter plugs, it is a code violation and not allowed, so maybe your higher prices allowed for a proper electrician to come in and wire them properly off a lighting circuit. These would also require an inspection and permit by the ESA to be done properly. Yes your handyman/carpenter can replace existing lights providing he uses junction boxes that are accessible, but no he cannot install new circuits and wires unless he has an electrical contracting license. Check this web site for one in your area in Ontario. http://applications.dmtispatial.com/esa/
Need more information. If a few quotes were similar then that would be a good average. The high prices usually cause they don't want the work. The low prices I would stay away from, they are probably new in the business.
Hope that helps.
Thank you all for your responses! These are great advices !!
I've interviewed 4 contractors and they all give me very different prices. For example, for relocating plumbing for the sink, I get from 250 to 1500. The gap is so far, I'm just so confused. Is there an industry average :) ??
My house is 5 years old and have basic builder finishes.
I am a little confused. If you are acting as the general contractor and arranging all of the trades yourself, then it is important to know all of the numbers for everything.
If you are looking for a contractor to do the project for you, then the overall price is what you should be comparing.
You should have an accurate list of specs and finishes, or a complete, professionally drawn plan to present to contractors. That way the quotes will be apples to apples.
Good luck with it!
Kettle by Handyman
Cost to install a New gas line could depend on where is the location, drilling any holes in brick, concrete, or wall, how long is the pipe and fittings, etc. Minimum visit for a gas technician depending on experience it would be $450 +.
Cost for relocating plumbing - same how far it is breaking concrete floor, venting, fittings, pipe and time of handy man or license plumber? Depends who is doing the job.
Exactly 500 and 1500$ once the work is done and all hidden if the drain does not function properly there is a vent problem, or many a times handy man has connected to storm drain with sewer as a home owner you don't know but cutting corners you face problems later and have to redo all over again. DO IT FIRST TIME RIGHT.
Cost of removing old kitchen-what is involved? Cabinets counter top,(what kind of counter top is it solid surface or laminate?) light valance, crown molding, back splash, removal of sink, appliances etc. etc. Starting from 600$ to any where also remove and reinstall in garage, basement or Haul away and dispose all price could be different.
Cost to remove old tiles depending on how it is laid with wire mesh, dry pack, or just slammed on sub floor. Removal cost and haul away it can be anywhere from 1:50 c per sft to 2:50 c and lay new tiles also depending on what kind of Porcelain tiles, size, any pattern, will change the price and it could start as low as 6 sft ( Tiles and matching grout is supplied by home owner )
Hope this will help. Also depends on who is doing the job, a handy man or all professionals depends on what kind of warranty on labour is given. Is the company carry WSIB and other insurances.(12 to 15% is right there)
Is the person operating with cell phone and a truck? Having no address on business card, where would you go if there are any problems what if he is found cheaper and don't show after taking the deposit, or do half work and take all money and disappear. (I have lot of customer coming with such stories)
What you pay what you get. You have to look at a bigger picture compare over all pricing and what kind of workmanship you want to achieve. There are trades who call them General contractor and don't know basic work just put things to gather and quarter round and caulking are their best friends.
As a home owner one has to have a realistic budget. Good luck for your project.
Majority of the contractors who are doing good job they are always busy and they don't take jobs where customers are not realistic in budget or time line.
Expect a min kitchen done right with permits and cabinets to run from $20-30,000 as you described. We have done custom ones with oak cabinets and granite tops that ran $60,000. You get what you pay for and professionals have dozens of overheads to do it right for you with no hassles and legally.
Make sure you have a reputable contractor. You need everything in writing meaning a drawing that shows what you are getting and where it will go. You should see a plan and a list of items referring to that plan.
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