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sandyman720 11-14-2007 09:14 AM

Small brick wall quote. Do you think it is ok?
Hi All,

I got a quote (labor only) of $1800 to lay 3 walls of an addition. Each about 15' long and 3.5'high.

What do you think of this quote?

jogr 11-14-2007 09:38 AM

More importantly, what do you think of the quality of work and reliability of the brickie?

sandyman720 11-14-2007 09:49 AM

Well quality aside, is this a good quote?

I guess I am saying, if it is good quality does it seem too high.

In my opinion it is ludicrousbut then again I dont know what is normally charged.

concretemasonry 11-14-2007 10:44 AM

Small brick wall quote. Do you think it is ok?
You don't know anything about the cost, but you think it is too high?

Quality aside? Can you recognize quality or you just go by appearance?

Sounds like you should just shop it out to the low bidder and then talk about the quality when the job is done.

Realistically, you have not given enough information to make a real comment on. - Brick ledge in place?, flashing? weeps, access and logistics?

With your description/comments, a good mason would not normally bother to quote and would leave the job for those that can only get work by being cheap.

sandyman720 11-14-2007 10:50 AM

No brick ledge. He was going to charge me $1600 to pour a brick ledge. I am bolting angle and will lay from there.

Yes I will have them do the weep holes and flashing.

I guess what I am asking is what is a price range per square foot that you would charge to do a job like this.

He is charging me like $12/sq ft

jogr 11-15-2007 11:02 AM

How does his quote compare to others that are willing to do the job?

The Home Doc 11-17-2007 05:31 PM

What about footings??? It's hard to say what a fair price is for your area. You should NEVER (notice the italics, bold, underline) shop by price. If price is your biggest concern, you're better off not doing the improvement. It's better to pay more and have the job done right the first time, than have to pay to have it done twice.

You should get at least 3 estimates from reputable contractors. Check their references. Check with the BBB to see if they've had complaints filed and then ask the contractor for clarification if they have. Misunderstandings do occur.


kemerick 11-18-2007 01:28 AM

...or you can do what I did and just do it yourself. :)

The link below cost me $2k just for the blocks alone and then there were lots of costs on top of that. I have never done a retaining wall before and I did it just by looking around on the web. If you have the ability to do so, save the money and do it yourself, after all that what DIY is all about:

If you have questions along the way, most of us here are more than willing to help out via answering all kinds of questions...

From what I have been told by my neighbor whom is a GC, I saved at least $3k by doing it myself.

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