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Old 10-16-2013, 09:53 PM   #1
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My wife would like to install a garden window in our kitchen - they look like this:

Nobody seems to list prices for these - I'm replacing a conventional wood/aluminum double-hung window in a 1968 home. The window opening is 52" wide, height is 35".

How much would you expect to pay for the window alone, and how much for installation? I do not care for getting bundled prices - as I have often sat in frustration watching someone cheerfully do an hour and a half's labor for $200.

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"An hour and a half's labor for $200."
Don't forget licenses, insurance, a $40,000.00 truck pulling a $4,000.00 trailer carrying $15,000.00 worth of tools. A lifetime of experience, continuing education classes to maintain a license, worker's comp, liability, tax attorney, dump fees, developing and maintaining a reliable and professional group of talented employees and subcontractors,...............and a few hundred other things that come with installing your garden window.

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"An hour and a half's labor for $200."
Don't forget licenses, insurance, a $40,000.00 truck pulling a $4,000.00 trailer carrying $15,000.00 worth of tools. A lifetime of experience, continuing education classes to maintain a license, worker's comp, liability, tax attorney, dump fees, developing and maintaining a reliable and professional group of talented employees and subcontractors,...............and a few hundred other things that come with installing your garden window.
You know, I was reflecting on that very thing after I made the post. I've watched professionals install windows on This Old House, and it is not at all easy or something a semi-skilled person could do.

I've been quoted about $1150 - but the more I learn the more I think that is realistic.
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If you got quoted $1,150...that is a smoking deal.

Gardens are uber expensive operators and that is below what I pay cost for the units we use.
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A guy in my town would charge 500 for the install. Its an all day job. However he does it as side work. He is a union man who the gov pays to install sound proofing windows around MDW and ORD.
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I agree that $1150 is a very low price, and actually less than the wholesale COST of the window alone if its a quality unit. A professional company with a good product will be 2-3x's that price with installation... To be honest, I'm surprised anyone could even install a super cheap product at that price. Definitely throws up red flags...
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My wife would like to install a garden window in our kitchen - they look like this:

Nobody seems to list prices for these - I'm replacing a conventional wood/aluminum double-hung window in a 1968 home. The window opening is 52" wide, height is 35".

How much would you expect to pay for the window alone, and how much for installation? I do not care for getting bundled prices - as I have often sat in frustration watching someone cheerfully do an hour and a half's labor for $200.
I've shown up to a few jobs after driving around half the day looking for materials(prep) and set up a few tools and once set up had the job done in thirty minutes. the homeowner saw an hours worth of work with set up, work and then break down but so much they did not know about. 90 percent prep 10 percent work, happens a lot for small jobs and if I missed something in prep I'm screwed and have to leave the job and go run around again. When you see a contractor figuring a job let him be so he gets it all worked out, we appreciate it...

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