My wife and I have quite a bit we want done to our house. Bathroom, floors, kitchen, lights, paint, trim...
To start off, our ensuite bathroom needs a full gutt. It's 12 x 12 and has a built in walkin closet that takes up about 4x 6 space. Bathroom is a bit tight, but with proper planning, should be fine. We want to upgrade to a double vanity, glass shower, replace the tub, lights, exhaust fan(there isn't one right now). Pretty much everything.
The master bedroom is carpeted. We want to remove the carpet and put hardwood floors down...and continue throughout the other 3 bedrooms upstairs.
The stair case going down to the main floor is ok, but with new floors, we will want something done to the staircase...either repainting, or changing from wood to iron...not sure.
The main floor also needs new hardwood floors.
We also want to replace our kitchen counter top and redo the backsplash.
We also have alot of the big inneficient pot lights. We thought about changing to the smaller ones...if thats possible.
And lastly we need the entire house repainted.
So all in all, there's alot that needs to be done.
The big question is this how does one go about getting quotes? How do we know if contractors are being fair with their quotes here's an example.
We got a quote for our bathroom. We were told that we could get quotes 2 ways, one was hourly at $35.00/hour and the other was a flat quote. We chose the flat quote. It was $19,000.00+ tax. This included all the basic material like lumbar, drywall, cement, grout, pot lights and exhaust fan, etc. This did not include the vanity, the glass shower (to be measured, quoted and installed by separate company), tiles, toilet and tub We figure these items will cost us in the $5,000.00-$10,000.00. So the combined amounts would be around $25,000.00- $29,000.00.
So then I asked a question. How long would the job take. He works alone for the most part so he said 4 weeks. He works 5 days a week, 8 hours a day. So 40 hours a week. One month =4.3 weeks so 4.3 x 40 hours per week=172. So 172 total hours lets say 180 hours.
180 hours x $35.00 per hour = $6,300. What a big difference between $6,300 and $19,000.
Anyone care to help me understand? Needless to say, my wife are still looking for a quality, fair, prompt and reliable contractor