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Old 05-05-2016, 12:03 PM   #1
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HELP! Moving plumbing and wall about 18": How much do you want to charge???


We want to move our laundry area out of a busy hallway and into what currently serves as an office (I should be truthful and say our junk hole). If you look at the attachment, the black line represents the current wall which we will relocate about 18" to the left (shown in purple). The washer, dryer and utility sink will move to the right of new (purple) wall. We have to move the electrical and water lines for the washer and dryer plus a light switch. On the bottom is an unfinished basement and above (where the vent pipe runs) is an unfinished attic. I had a licensed plumber/electrician look at the job and he said it would take him a full week to do and would cost about $3500-$4000. (This price does not include the construction of the new wall or the demolition of the old one. ) Is it really that complicated? Should it take that long and cost that much?
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Get some more quotes to find out if it's to high.
Do not mention the other price to the next guy while doing so.
No one here is going to know your local labor rates, what they have to work around, where your drain lines run.
The drain and vent lines are the hardest part, the supply's and wiring should be easy.
Wall needs to be built before the plumbing goes in, make the water wall a 2 X 6 wall to make it easier to run the plumbing.
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Get some more quotes to find out if it's to high.
Do not mention the other price to the next guy while doing so.
No one here is going to know your local labor rates, what they have to work around, where your drain lines run.
The drain and vent lines are the hardest part, the supply's and wiring should be easy.
Wall needs to be built before the plumbing goes in, make the water wall a 2 X 6 wall to make it easier to run the plumbing.
The job is located in Orefield, PA (18069).
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Re: HELP! Moving plumbing and wall about 18": How much do you want to charge???


As Joe said, get some more quotes. I just happened to be watching "Ask This Old House" over the weekend where they helped a homeowner relocate plumbing and electric for a washer/dryer. Homeowner (in New England) said he had various contractors out who gave quotes between $3-12k. Quite a range.
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You need multiple quotes from local people, preferably local people who you hear are good or whose work you have seen. Plumbers tend to be local--sometimes it's just a question of who lives in an area, sometimes it's blatant protectionism and only granting bonds for individual towns, either way you're stuck with it. (That's not to say they can't be very good, just that I've seen a massively wide range in plumbing quotes both plumber-to-plumber and area-to-area that are in no way justified by difference of skill).

If they know you are getting multiple bids they will spend a little less time with you (because they know they might not get it) but will usually give you a lower bid. I make sure I tell people when I'm there that I'm getting multiple bids but don't tell them the others--let them tell you what they're willing to do the job for.

Make *sure* you get a quote from all three for basically the *exact* same work, unless maybe one recommends something particularly useful you would pay a little bit extra for.
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(To be clear, I've also seen differences in price that were definitely justified by difference in skill level. )
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