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route68 07-10-2013 12:45 PM

Is this the right bid???
Help me find out if I am getting a fair shake here...

542 sq. ft. redwood deck $3800.00
400 sq. ft. redwood pergola $3000.00
50 sq. ft. built on bench seating on deck $1000

40ft. long x 30 inches retaining wall with interlocking concrete stone blocks $2000.00
132 sq. ft. paver patio $1500.00

800 sq. ft of sod
full sprinkler system for entire job site $1100.00
2 2" caliper trees, 4 standard shrubs, 6 grass/cattail shrubs - planted and prepared with drip lines
24 ft. long x 24 inches wide flower bed with block border and drip lines

151 ft. vinyl privacy fence with 1 4ft. gate - $3600.00

Total out the door is $16,000.00

joecaption 07-10-2013 12:48 PM

Get two more local bids and you'll know if it's a good price.
A ball park idea on any web site where the people could be from anyplace on the planet is going to be useless to you.

route68 07-10-2013 12:50 PM

Salt Lake City, Utah

got two other bids for less work and higher price.

Everything the same except concrete patio instead of redwood deck or pergola was $14000.00. Meaning for $2000.00 more I turned the concrete into a redwood deck and redwood pergola at 942 sq. ft.

pkrapp74 07-10-2013 12:51 PM

Have you asked for references from any of the bidders? If they are unwilling to give away.

route68 07-10-2013 12:55 PM

references are solid for all bidders. This bid included 3 references with full disclosure of insurance. 33% at start, 33% at mid-point and 33% at the end.

To other bids required 50% at start and 50% at the end.

Startingover 07-10-2013 03:07 PM

get something in writing, from whoever you chose, that once you make the final payment that all subs and materials will be paid in full.

DannyT 07-10-2013 05:24 PM

besides the references i would want to see some of their completed jobs or jobs in progress.

Daniel Holzman 07-10-2013 05:48 PM

You don't mention the scope of work for these bids. Are you asking them to repair an existing deck, tear one down, build a new one, replace floor, or whatever? I can't wrap my head around a competent builder constructing a redwood deck to code for $7 per square foot, I doubt he could buy the decking and rails for that price, let alone install it. So either you are getting an incredible deal, or there is something seriously wrong with the bid, or the scope is totally different. Sometimes things that are too good to believe, are too good to believe.

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