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Old 01-04-2010, 10:03 PM   #1
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Hello

I have been getting quotes to get (2) Aprilaire 5000 EAC installed and (1) Honeywell Truesteam 12 gallon installed in my home.

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House is 4650 sq ft, 2.5 yrs old
Carrier units: 1st floor = in basement, 2nd floor = in attic
Location in central NJ


The quotes seem pretty high, so far the first contractor quoted me about $1100 for each EAC and $1200 for the honeywell truesteam to be installed in the basement, total = $3400. Another contractor quoted me $3600, and $3500. they said it will be a 1 day job

I looked online and the EAC units go for $500 each delivered and the Truesteam = $500, that means they are charging about $1800-2000 for install. This seems way overpriced to me. Any thoughts or advice

Any advice will be appreciated, thanks

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The thing about paying someone to install something, is that you aren't just paying for the actual labor. Running a business has lots of costs- employee payroll, workers comp payments, insurance, vehicles, gas, phones, training, tools...the list goes on and on. This is why a lot of guys get out of residential, because it's a lot easier to hand a bill to another company for $100/hr than it is to hand it to a homeowner who just thinks "wtf? these workers only make $25/hr, why am I paying $100?" Sure there is profit involved, but it isn't much.

Your best bet to get a fair price is to shop around, but beware: you get what you pay for.

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Old 01-04-2010, 11:18 PM   #3
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This site is geared towards DIY, not cost estimates
Costs vary widely by location & the specific job
Get several local estimates & check references

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