Is this a fair quote for a shower floor fix?

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Old 02-03-13, 10:48 AM
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Is this a fair quote for a shower floor fix?

Hi, we just bought a new house. The inspector noticed what appeared to be cracks in the shower tile floor (the shower is 4'x4', the tiles are 1''x1''), which were sealed. However a contractor who we invited found that there were no cracks and what seemed to be a sealing material was actually an efflorescence buildup coming from below the tile. He removed a few tiles, and found moisture underneath even though the shower hasn't been used for months. He explained that it was because the shower pan wasn't properly filled, and the drain ended up being to high, so the water would get trapped underneath the tile. He gave me the following estimate to fix it - this is labor only. Do you guys think it's reasonable? Seems very high to me.

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All 1" x 1" floor tile will be removed to asses the repair. The drain needs some work done to which will be determined during the job. Next. the shower pan will be re- poured and floated with proper grade. The tile under the step on the inside of the shower will also need to be removed and re -installed on top of the new floor tile. To finish with grouting of all replaced tile. The first horizontal grout line just above the floor will be re grouted too. I will also try to clean up the discolored grout on the floor that someone tried to repair with a different color so it will look more uniform.
$2,600.00
-$260.00 (10% discount for Angie's List Customer)
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$2,340.00 plus tax. Labor only
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Old 02-03-13, 11:03 AM
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NJ prices I would say some what high..... Especially that its a 4x4 ft size. IMO it should not be more then 1,200.

But ley some others chime in with prices in their areas to compare.

But then again, what part of NJ are you from. North? North of the raritan things increase 200%. But its still high even if you lived in such a $$$ town as say glen rock.... etc.
 
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Old 02-03-13, 11:14 AM
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It's going to depend on how extensive he has to go into the repair. If he finds the preslope non existent or other problems concerning the liner, he may have to get into the walls and replace the entire liner which can extend up on the walls a foot or so. Pricing would be difficult.
 
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Thank you for the quick reply! The house is in Berkeley Heights
 
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Old 02-03-13, 11:27 AM
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Good lord..... Is that the retirement community? Or nearby?
 
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Old 02-03-13, 11:28 AM
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I lived in Bergen County for a long time and it seems a little high but not incredibly high.I would have thought $1,800. If chandler is correct and the liner has to be replaced, the guy could be there for 3 days between installing the new liner, repouring the slope, tile and grouting, which I assume his estimate includes.
 
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No, this is not the retirement community. What gave you that idea?
 
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Old 02-03-13, 12:29 PM
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Some contractors take advantage of the elderly from my experience. I have a Berkeley down here and its all retirement community's. I see where you are now. North of the raritan...

Ummm Yeah that may be priced right for your area..... Median income is high there and contractors locally price accordingly.
 
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In his quote, he said the words "poured". You don't pour a shower pan. See if this is what he proposes, which is the only way to do it right. How to build a shower - Building a shower pan with pre-sloped mortar bed, liner and curb. He did not mention the PCV liner which is the life of the installation, so clarification is needed there. With the new liner, will come new tile on the walls, too, so just be aware.
 
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Thank you for your replies, guys! Another contractor gave me a $1800 quote, which is more in line with what I was hoping for.
 
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Old 02-04-13, 05:03 AM
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Aaak, you answered during the ball game. Sorry for the delay. Just make sure, as mentioned in the other posts, that ANY contractor has a contingency for a full replacement of the floor pan. You don't want him doing "exploratory" surgery just to find it's going to cost $3000 to fix it. Keep us informed as we would like to know the results. If we can help, let us know.
 
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