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Question on home remodeling?

I am considering bathroom remodeling project at home and took quotes from a remodler. I am wondering on how to negotiate on the quote? Can someone here advice me by how much % can we negotiate on the given quote? Example:if I have a quote of $12000. From what amount can I start negotiating? Please share any advice or experience.
  • February 28 2012 - Fairview Heights
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I'm glad that you found the information helpful! With a project of this size, the actual work can feasibly be completed in one week or less. However the permitting inspections can be another animal all together. The responsiveness of the building department and number of inspections that have already be requested ahead of your project can be major factors in a timely inspection. In my neck of the woods the contractor is totally at the mercy of the inspector's schedule. Keeping that in mind, I feel comfortable saying that two weeks should be more than enough time to complete the entire project.
  • March 01 2012
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Thanks Southstar remodeling.

I felt the quoted price was too high. Yes, we are making sure we tell the same specifications to different contractors to get the quotes.The project is a small bath remodeling involving moving a portion of drywall by 2ft and relocating the toliet and tub. Another option is whether to go with existing tub or stand-in shower. The contractor will be responsible for permits and inspections.

How much time do you think a job like this would take?
  • March 01 2012
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Each contractor may price the job differently. Regardless of how many contractors you chose to solicit bids from, it is important that you as the homeowner have a good idea of how much your materials will cost. $12,000 does sound high for what sounds more like a bathroom update than a remodel.

As a practical matter, if you choose to solicit bids from more than one contractor it is important to make sure that you provide each of them with the same specifications for the project to ensure that your bids are uniform. For example: types of mirrors, vanities, bath fixtures, tile, etc. Even if you don't currently have a product selected at this time, at least take time to familiarize yourself with the products and materials that are available so that you can set a budget based on your desired finishes.

It is also important for you to have some basic understanding of how the contractor will perform the work. Will your project require walls to be moved, new electrical work, relocation of plumbing or heating and air ducts? Are there environmental concerns (such as asbestos or lead paint)? Will the contractor be pulling permit (building, plumbing, electrical, HVAC)? Are there particular aspects of the job that will make it more difficult to complete? What hours will the contractor have access to the property, and what is your timeline for project completion? All of these elements will affect price. I would suggest creating a document that you can provide a contractor to ensure that all parties are on the same page.

Additionally, when remodeling intimate spaces such as bathrooms; selection of design elements can be very subjective. In most cases input from the homeowner is imperative to ensure that the end result captures the desired look and feel.

On a clearly defined project like this, let your projected cost of materials be your guide. If the markup on materials is too high you will know and you can negotiate there.  The labor price will likely provide the greatest opportunity for negotiation by the homeowner because the contractor has more control over the cost of this element than the cost of materials.

  • February 29 2012
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Thanks Bob.
Our's is a small bath project and this is the ball park number we received. This is the price if we decide to use the current tub,toilet & sink. If we go with new then, additional $1000-$1500 for the whole project. Hummm felt that the quote is high. Hence, wanted to seek expert advice before confirming anything.
  • February 28 2012
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That sounds like a big bathroom with top quality features.
Shopping for 3 estimates would be the best start, thinking about the estimates and then waiting for them to call you back to see if they are hungry enough to negotiate may be one way.
I think most actual small company workmen are straight shooters and can actually resent that you do not think their work is worth less than the estimate.
They may come down 5%-10%, but then won't you wonder if they are cutting corners somehow.
Maybe stay away from the big remodeling companies that will cut the huge bill, because it is too high to start with.
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I'd take quotes from more than one contractor, and ask them to break the quote down to show materials and labor. 

  • February 28 2012
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