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Old 03-05-2014, 08:51 PM   #1
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Has anyone out there utilized HomeWyse (http://www.homewyse.com/costs/) as either a consumer or a professional? Do you find that the estimates that it comes up with are fairly accurate?

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Has anyone out there utilized HomeWyse (http://www.homewyse.com/costs/) as either a consumer or a professional? Do you find that the estimates that it comes up with are fairly accurate?

That site exist to beat down contractors..

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It is my personal experience that their estimates are not accurate. Not exactly sure how they get their data...but I suspect that their estimates are based on very small samples. Especially at the local levels. IMO I think you're better off asking a group of friends, neighbors or co-workers how much they paid and then averaging out to get your own ballpark estimate.
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Cost can be right on or way off - there's no way to tell.
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That site exist to beat down contractors..
So the quotes are way-too-low?
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So the quotes are way-too-low?
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Extremely low.
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I think the costs are accurate.

For example, they list installing an oak floor at $7-9/square foot. I think that is accurate.

They want $2.50/square foot for installing tile backerboard. I think this is accurate. I would do it for that price.

Install sidewalk-$3.50-4. Again, about right on the money.

What kind of costs do you guys find out of line?
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Some prices are accurate for handyman rates. But some are ridiculously low and could only be done by total hacks for the prices they list.
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I think the costs are accurate.

For example, they list installing an oak floor at $7-9/square foot. I think that is accurate.

They want $2.50/square foot for installing tile backerboard. I think this is accurate. I would do it for that price.

Install sidewalk-$3.50-4. Again, about right on the money.

What kind of costs do you guys find out of line?
So you can make payroll on those kind of prices.
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For those 3 examples I mentioned, yes, I could and have made payroll on them. There are currently a lot of people doing those jobs for those prices.

Can you guys give some examples of what they are low on? Do they want you to install a water heater for $50 or what?

I can imagine how the cost of living is higher in some areas than Iowa, but I can't see how it can be much different in Indiana or PA.
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Central A/C install cost.

http://www.homewyse.com/costs/cost_o...g_systems.html
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Yeah, they might be a bit low on furnace and central air installation. I wanted to see if they had a price for both because I have never just installed one and not the other, but they don't.

The want about 1500-2000 for a good quality furnace install and list the hours at 7.5, which worked out to $66 per hour.

The last time I paid someone to install a furnace must have been 2007 and it was maybe a 75K btu goodman in a large home with air and all the ductwork and it came to $4500. Of course in all fairness, that guy did go bankrupt shortly after that and his home was foreclosed on.
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It would be great to have MORE DIYchatroom members weigh in on this question. Let's hear about more experiences with sites like HomeWyse. On the positive side, this could be useful feedback for them because they do have a nice website. However, in my most recent experience, I got multiple quotes for a tile job. My lowest quote came from a contractor who has a reputation in the area for good work and fair prices. The Homewyse estimate was 35% lower than his price. And let's not pick on HomeWyse. How are the estimates from other sites?? Same? Better? Worse?
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What are some of the other sites?
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It would be great to have MORE DIYchatroom members weigh in on this question. Let's hear about more experiences with sites like HomeWyse. On the positive side, this could be useful feedback for them because they do have a nice website. However, in my most recent experience, I got multiple quotes for a tile job. My lowest quote came from a contractor who has a reputation in the area for good work and fair prices. The Homewyse estimate was 35% lower than his price. And let's not pick on HomeWyse. How are the estimates from other sites?? Same? Better? Worse?
Any site that tries to show prices for work done. Is just throwing fuel on a fire. Most jobs can't be priced out without seeing the actual job site and scope of work that must be done.

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