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Lizzy316 04-19-2012 04:44 PM

Deck estimate. Overpriced?!?!
 
We are building a deck behind our house.

It's 24 ft. x 24 ft, simple square shape.
12 ft. off the ground (our house is on the slope).
Our builder wants to use pressure treated pine. 6x6 posts. 2x6 for decking. 2x4 for railing and spindles and stairs. One landing in stairs.

The builder's estimate is $26,000. Yes, he builds quality decks. We could trust him. But the estimate sounds a little too much. Anyone has opinions? Thanks!!!

cortell 04-19-2012 04:48 PM

Pricing questions are very unpopular on this forum. Search for other posts regarding estimates and you'll see why.

user1007 04-19-2012 05:17 PM

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Questions involving pricing, such as – “How Much” certain projects cost (i.e. - certain repairs, renovations, square-footage pricing, an addition, a decks, etc., etc.) – cannot be properly answered simply by information posted on an internet forum (regardless of how much information is supplied in a particular post). There are many, many variables, which also involve site visit(s), existing conditions, final designs, local-rates, material preferences, inspection costs and permit fees, etc.

Pricing for materials may be determined at your local supplier(s). Prices for subcontracted work are best determined by getting legitimate local contractors to submit written estimates (3 are suggested) and always checking references.

The industry generally suggests allowing a minimum of 20% buffer, over the assumed budget, for incidentals, unexpected points, material overages, etc. (For average basic-scope projects). On the other hand, rehabs and damage-repairs - tend to be an, all together different % ++).

We encourage you to continue to post other Do It Yourself related questions on this site.

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Even if you were to find someone willing to give you a guesstimated, 'ball park' figure, there is no way to gauge such blind figures as accurate. Actual costs can vary tremendously.

Nailbags 04-19-2012 06:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lizzy316 (Post 902570)
We are building a deck behind our house.

It's 24 ft. x 24 ft, simple square shape.
12 ft. off the ground (our house is on the slope).
Our builder wants to use pressure treated pine. 6x6 posts. 2x6 for decking. 2x4 for railing and spindles and stairs. One landing in stairs.

The builder's estimate is $26,000. Yes, he builds quality decks. We could trust him. But the estimate sounds a little too much. Anyone has opinions? Thanks!!!

Sounds good to me I would charge twice that amount.

cablerailing 04-19-2012 06:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lizzy316 (Post 902570)
We are building a deck behind our house.

It's 24 ft. x 24 ft, simple square shape.
12 ft. off the ground (our house is on the slope).
Our builder wants to use pressure treated pine. 6x6 posts. 2x6 for decking. 2x4 for railing and spindles and stairs. One landing in stairs.

The builder's estimate is $26,000. Yes, he builds quality decks. We could trust him. But the estimate sounds a little too much. Anyone has opinions? Thanks!!!

Why not get some additional quotes from reputable contractors?? I would never go with one contractor. I believe in loyalty but price is price. Im sure if you show him other bids he'll most likely match them.

woodworkbykirk 04-19-2012 07:10 PM

unless your looking for a standard builders deck with no character at all that price is pretty good. ive built decks upwards of $80,000, it all comes down to the detail of the deck, materials used along with the height of it its going to require renting staging

AtlanticWBConst. 04-19-2012 07:21 PM

This site was not created for: Questions revolving around the costs related to "hiring someone else" to do work on your property, nor, is this a "price-checking" site.
This is a "D.I.Y" Discussion Forum = Related to "Do It Yourself" home-type projects.

If you have questions on an estimate that you have received for a home improvement project, please get approximately 3 LOCAL estimates, from legitimate Contractors that can physically view the areas and discuss the proposed work (with you onsite). Check references, licensing, certifications, insurances, and always use common sense.



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