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edavt04 11-13-2013 10:39 AM

Cost Estimate for 5 sheets of siding and boards:1400$
Hey guys!

I received an estimate of $1,400.00 to replace five sheets of siding; replace twenty-five feet of 1x2 boards; caulk, scrape and paint exterior. This includes labor and materials. Does this sound like a fair quote?

The property management company does not want to obtain another estimate (this is a good PM, and they advised me they found this vendor reasonable and with good results of his work).

The property is a 1150 sq ft single family house in Fort Worth, TX



GBrackins 11-13-2013 10:52 AM

first in regards to pricing estimates

I'd recommend contacting local contractors to obtain estimates, then you'll know if your quote sounds fair or not.

good luck!

vsheetz 11-13-2013 11:18 AM

Get multiple quotes - compare - select.
Be sure and check reference of similar projects done recently.

GBrackins 11-13-2013 11:22 AM

make sure you are receiving an apples to apples quote. sometimes one quote is less because it does not cover the same items as another quote

and Vince hit the nail right on the head, get references from the contractors and call them to discuss their projects and if they would hire that contractor again.

joecaption 11-13-2013 04:13 PM

We have no picture, never been to the property, never seen the whole quote, no idea what your local labor, or materials cost are.
Do not even know where on the planet you are because you did not add your location to your profile.

kwikfishron 11-13-2013 04:33 PM

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Joe, did you even read the post?

As others have mentioned get more quotes.

Gymschu 11-13-2013 04:53 PM

Wow, that's a good deal.

rusty baker 11-13-2013 05:25 PM

Prices can vary widely in different parts of the country. Without seeing the job and not knowing labor rates in Texas, it would be hard to guess.

joecaption 11-13-2013 05:31 PM

I missed the part about the location added in the wrong place but the rest of my reply still applies.

ben's plumbing 11-13-2013 05:40 PM

you might loose that fight ..if .. the property management has the control to hire who it wants.... but any way you local suggest alittle higher price bracket as i recall ....cost are more based on earnings being higher...ben sr

123pugsy 11-13-2013 05:43 PM

If you have an idea what the material cost, add about 20-30% mark up to that for the contractor.

Deduct that amount from the quote amount and divide it by 60 for 60 bucks an hour.
This will show you how many hours the contractor should be finishing the job in. Some guys are around 50 an hour depending on location all the way to maybe 70-80 an hour.

When you get this figure, consider if it's a reasonable amount of time to do the project. You should have a pretty good idea since it's your home and you know the project. You'll then see if by using this rough guide that the result is like only 8 hours, and it looks like a 12 -14 hour project, you're getting a deal. If however, you can clearly see the project should take a few days, it might not be wise to go with the cheapest quote. When a quote is way under, short cuts usually start to happen.

If you've got a good referral and you know that indeed the contractor does good work, I'd say you may very well be doing good for 1400 bucks.

orange 11-15-2013 09:46 AM

Always get multiple quotes -apples to apples as was stated above - then make your decision.

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