Getting Fleeced on the Install?
+1 check with the manufacturer of the flooring you'll be using for specifications on the subfloor condition. I think 1950house is in the ballpark, though most are less forgiving if I recall (you definitely don't want your laminate floor deflecting as you walk).
Also not sure on the what is included in the "original pricing", the materials and installation, or just the installation? If you were buying your flooring separately and just quoting the installation then I suppose it's possible to double the install only price if the floor needs to be modified to allow for proper installation.
It's probably not what you wanted to hear, but laminate flooring is extremely easy to install. Why not do it yourself (this is the DIY forum after all)?
I'm all for hiring things out when necessary, but IME if you're concerned about the additional cost then you'll feel less satisfied with the end result. I think you'll feel much more satisfied going the DIY route, spending less, and still getting the floor that you want...
Last edited by ajmckay; 08-30-2012 at 01:05 AM.