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Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by PatsyStone, 18th Mar, 2016.

  1. PatsyStone

    PatsyStone Well-Known Member

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    Hi ,
    I'm replacing my old damaged laminex kitchen bench top.
    Received my first quote for laminex.
    Sorry no measurements . It's average size with no difficult parts that I can see.
    $3,210.
    This seems rather expensive to me.
    The guy broke up
    The costs including removal of old top : $ 480?
    Templating : $65?
    He wants 50% deposit before he starts and balance paid on completion.
    I'm pretty sure it's not legal to request such a high deposit.
    Looked into this once before . Think 10% for under $10,000
    Is the maximum can be requested. ?
    Any thoughts
    Cheers
     
  2. Scott No Mates

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    Check with Fair Trading.
     
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    What will cesarstone or transformers cost?
     
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    Get more quotes?
    Do you have to go with this guy for some reason?
     
  5. Tim & Chrissy

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    What size is the kitchen? We DIY'd our entire U shape kitchen with Ikea and the total cost was about $4,500 including a dishwasher. We had Oak veneer bench tops (one step up from laminate).
     
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    Azazel Well-Known Member

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    You're hired.
    For me, not this guy.
     
  7. Hodge

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    That price isn't far off. Does that include disconnect and reconnecting sink and cook top?
     
  8. Tim & Chrissy

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    No worries, the only catch is you need to take the amount time a professional trade would take for install and multiply it by a number between 4 and 8!

    The $4500 also included me tiling the splash back as well. $35 of gloss stone effect tiles, $20 bag of adhesive and a small amount of grout. Acrylic/glass was quotes at $1000+ and pressed tin was $700 supply only!
     
  9. bob shovel

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    Two parties can agree to the deposit amounts and frequency I believe

    Just say you'll give him 500 or 1000 as deposit, then rest on competition. He'll want some cashola for buying the materials.
     
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    IKEA? Bunnings. Allow for tiling
     
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    Lisa Parker- Buyers Agent Well-Known Member Business Member

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    I've done complete kitchens for a little more. Seems expensive to me depending size.
     
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    Get a second quote.
     
  13. drg86

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    Get more quotes. I'd say 2/3 of that quote is labour. 2k for less than a days work...I need to start a bench top replacement company :cool:
     
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  14. York

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    That is not a fair price. Are you able to take a quick photo to show us the size? Unless your kitchen is huge or the quote includes something else, that is way overpriced. I'd get a couple more quotes.
     
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    From the QBCC website:
    "Deposits
    Generally, if the cost of your building work is $20,000 or more, the maximum deposit allowed is 5% of the total contract price (including labour, materials and GST). If the contract price is between $3,300 and $20,000, the maximum deposit is 10%.

    An exception applies where more than 50% of the value of the work is to be performed offsite (e.g. for kitchen renovations where the modules are custom made in a factory), in which case the contractor is permitted to take up to 20% deposit.

    For jobs priced at $3,300 or less, we generally recommend no more than 20%."

    Seems like there's a bit of grey area if the works are under $3,300 where they 'recommend' the Max amount as opposed to saying 'maximum allowed'.
     
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    Templating is about right however 3210 for laminex is expensive. my Stone costs less than that and covers a large surface. You could just go stone with that price. YDL, ambassador stone or even caesarstone (within the builder range)
     
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    I thought it was too high unless something I wasn't aware of had changed.
    I don't require him to install a new sink . I don't need him to install new hot plates.
    I will be keeping my tiles .
    The funny part is I sent him two emails asking for the price for laminex .
    I thought the price he sent was for engineered stone.
    Cheers
     
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  20. Jane Eyles-Bennett

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    Seems a bit on the high side. If I was estimating this for one of my clients, I'd be saying $2500-$2600. Are they removing the counter top and creating a 900mmD breakfast bar? Perhaps they have allowed for some make-good to the wall or adjacent surfaces.
    On the face of it, $3210 sounds like a lot, but with materials + labour + extras that maybe we can't see in your photos, it could be about right.
    Since you're in the GC, have a look at www.willisbros.com.au - amazing prices on stone. They have a factory in Cararra. I used them for a kitchen reno we did a few years back and it was only marginally more expensive than laminate and about $500 less than Granite Transformations!
    Re: deposit - well, it can be as much or little as you agree I think. I'd be comfortable with 30%, but having said that the material component of his price is probably more than 50%. I can see where he's coming from. No-one wants to be out of pocket. Just need to make sure he is reliable and will come and actually do the work. You might find someone else on www.womo.com.au which is a word of mouth website.
    Good luck!
     
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