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(Bris) Does retiling shower for $2880 sound right?

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by Simon L, 3rd Aug, 2015.

  1. Simon L

    Simon L Investment Property Buyers Agent Business Member

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    I need to demolish, retile, rewaterproof and fix rotten floor (due to shower leak) of a second floor shower. Cheapest quote I've received is $2880 which I feel is still too high. Shower is pretty standard size and not going with any flash materials. Shower only (not whole bathroom).

    Does this sound about right?

    Does anyone have someone in the Logan or Brisbane area who may be able to help?

    Cheers,

    Simon
     
  2. WestOz

    WestOz Well-Known Member

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    Without inspection sounds like allot of coin to me, did you get more than one assessment/quote?

    Depending on home type, end desire and budget if your OK with a bit of DIY you could go something like
    >This<

    Or >This<
     
  3. rhinsor

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    That sounds very expensive. I assume it's only 2 walls with tiles and about 6 sqm of tiles.

    Demolishing is 1 hour.
    Preparing to tile 2 hours.
    Waterproofing is 2 hours for 2 coats
    Tiling is about 2 hours.
    Grouting is 1 hour
    Sealer 10 minutes
    About 4-5 trips to attend property
     
  4. Elives

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    i think where it might get expensive is fixing the timber floor underneath the shower the ply board. and if it's quote for the structural timber beams underneath then that explains the quote.
     
  5. Simon L

    Simon L Investment Property Buyers Agent Business Member

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    Yes it is only 2 walls

    Here is the quote;

    labour charged at $65 per hour (demolish) - 6 hours - $59.09 = $354.55
    skip for rubbish - 1 - $227.27
    new floor materials and labour - 1 - $436.36
    waterproofing and labour - 1 - $418.18
    retile floor with new tiles - 1 - $590.91
    retile walls - 1 - $591.91

    Total - $2880

    (includes new tap wear but existing shower screens)
     
  6. Leo2413

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    How many quotes did you get? That sounds a little expensive to me ...
     
  7. Simon L

    Simon L Investment Property Buyers Agent Business Member

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    3 so far - other 2 were between $3000 - $4500
     
  8. Propagate

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    I just had a quote for similar but didn't need the floor fixing. 2 shower walls and base, demolish, new wall boards, waterproof and retile. Using existing shower head & screen etc. Quote was $2500 plus GST in NSW. The second guy I called, who I have used before, has a standard fixed price for the same job as he does so many of them, he is $2200 including GST, but again, there's no structural work to worry about.
     
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    Resources boom is over yet out of work labour thinks you are the new BHP
     
  10. Gockie

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    Any chance any of the cost can be covered by building insurance? Idk but its worth the question.
     
  11. Biz

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    That rate includes GST right? It's actually not too offensive. The way you have to look at it when it comes to trades is they want to make around $400-500 a day (gross). Even though each of those steps may take less than a day in total to do they are charging you for the full day because they basically don't just rush over to another job on the other side of town to fill in the day. They might have another simple job to do somewhere else like grout for example but that is their cream.
     
  12. TMNT

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    way too expensive,

    if you shop the hell out of the quote, you could get it down by $1k I think
     
  13. Hanison

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    Price looks legit from the break down.

    Of course you'll always find someone else that's more desperate or less experienced in project management and less understanding of the true costs to run a business and actually turn a profit.

    You could probably even find someone willing to do it for a carton.
     
  14. Kael

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    Gday Simon!

    I had similar situation with an IP in VIC. If you want, I can tell you what I was quoted, breakdowns, amounts, etc, just PM me if interested.
     
  15. Simon L

    Simon L Investment Property Buyers Agent Business Member

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    Would this include a different person doing each component and me coordinating all materials?

    I've had a bad experience before doing this (e.g person did not demolish properly hence waterproofer couldn't start etc). Was a bit of a nightmare in my own backyard let alone being 9 hours away!

    I think for ease and peace of mind I'm just going to pay the rack rate and get it done - save the penny pinching for when I'm there doing a full reno come time to sell.. Could be worse if the job drags on and tenant bails on me.

    Thanks for all your responses guys

    *edit - just found out $2880 was for the whole bathroom including new vanity - not a bad price afterall :)
     
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    And make sure they actually tear out the old tiles. My parents got a quote and when they asked further about how they would actually do it, they said they'd lay the new tiles on top of the old cracked tiles...it was easier that way apparently. What a joke.
     
  17. Hanison

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    Price is what you pay, value is what you get.

    In'it.