$11,700 Shower Overhaul a Ripoff?


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Old 10-30-22, 12:59 PM
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$11,700 Shower Overhaul a Ripoff?

My dad recently had his bath / shower combo removed and a new shower installed. See the attached photo, which looks like a generic prefabricated shower stall. Before this there was tiling on the wall and a bathtub on the bottom with a drain more towards the right portion of the stall where the bath faucet used to be.

The company originally quoted $17,000 but then lowered it to $11,700 after some haggling. Did my dad get ripped off? I think we can still dispute the charge but there appears to be something fishy about this, especially considering that it's not made of tiles but instead uses some hard material that appears more generic.

Another thing I'll add is that the door doesn't shut uniformly from top to bottom, but this part of the home is over a driveway so the building does slump a little. Also, this home is in North Los Angeles.
 
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Old 10-30-22, 01:39 PM
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I don't know about fishy.
Are you saying the quote specifically said tile and they put a fiberglass insert in ?

 
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Old 10-30-22, 02:16 PM
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That looks and sounds like one of those outfits that can convert a bath in one day. They are more convenient as your bathroom is not out of commission for weeks but tends to be more expensive. They are limited by what materials they can use due to the fast installation.

If their quote is not what they installed then you could dispute it otherwise it is likely a done deal.
 
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Old 10-30-22, 02:44 PM
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It appears they used a solid surface product like Onyx. Last bathroom I did was $16,000. So no, i doubt that there is anything fishy about it.
 
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Thanks for the responses, but how much in Materials would you say this cost?
 
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Old 10-30-22, 06:01 PM
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Onyx is expensive. Materials on my last job was about 40% of the total cost. Another 40% was the licensed electrician, plumber, mechanical contractor.
 
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You need to look at the contract your father signed and be asking questions of the contractor.
 
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It is hard to comment on price based off of one photograph. You can identify and look up the pricing for the materials if your that interested. But, it doesn't take long to hit several thousand dollars.
 
 

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