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Old 10-28-04, 01:45 PM
BOSTON PAUL
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Hello,
new to hiring outside help, but have pretty good idea of stock cost.
problem: how do I know what I should pay for the following in my local area.
I want to have an attic that is a walk up and has flooring rough framed in
to 2 rooms and a closet. approx. 650 sq.(or less) feet of living area.they quoted me $6050 for labor/stock . $5080 for blue board and plaster.
$1300. to insulate. $1850.00 to install to average size double hung windows side by side. this is a 3 yr. old colonial house.
I know if I bought the stock it would be around $3k.

How do I get an idea of what is fair and reasonable for this contract work ??


appreciate any help......thanks.
 
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Old 10-29-04, 06:05 AM
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By getting as many bids as you can. If he wants the job, you'll get a fair bid. If he's busy, or is seeking a larger project, the bid will be high.

If you're knowledgeable and already have a design, you could provide all the materials. Then you could solicit bids for labor only, simplifying the process considerably. You can save even more by pulling the permits yourself. I assume that's what you mean by "hiring outside help," that you will act as your own general contractor. Don't forget to factor in electrical.
 
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Old 10-29-04, 07:00 PM
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No Way to Tell

Originally Posted by BOSTON PAUL
Hello,
new to hiring outside help, but have pretty good idea of stock cost.
problem: how do I know what I should pay for the following in my local area.
I want to have an attic that is a walk up and has flooring rough framed in
to 2 rooms and a closet. approx. 650 sq.(or less) feet of living area.they quoted me $6050 for labor/stock . $5080 for blue board and plaster.
$1300. to insulate. $1850.00 to install to average size double hung windows side by side. this is a 3 yr. old colonial house.
I know if I bought the stock it would be around $3k.

How do I get an idea of what is fair and reasonable for this contract work ??


appreciate any help......thanks.
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By what you have described there is no way to tell...

Will the walk-up need to include remodeling the stairs to meet code?

What will the habitable space in the 'attic' be used for?

If for 'habitable space' does your local code require exterior fire-escapes?

If for bedrooms, how will you meet minimum bedroom emergency egress and rescue opening codes?

You provide next to nothing in detail to even begin to guess at what is fair for your area....and I sincerely mean no offense because of my comments.

Please explain in more detail...
 
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Old 10-31-04, 06:35 AM
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Attic conversion

Check with local building inspector to see if your plans meet Building Code requirements. Then, get a minimum of three bids from licensed and insured (workers compensation & liability) contractors. Costs of materials and labor tend to vary from area to area.
 
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