did I get ripped off? - Chicagoland Sportbikes
Chicagoland Sportbikes
 
Open Forum This forum is for all off-topic discussion.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
tcmalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 840
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: FZ6
Years Riding: 2
How you found us: fz6 forum
   
did I get ripped off?

before moving in my new place I decided to have the hardwood floor refinished. I was quoted $1250 for 3 bedrooms and the kitchen. Bedrooms approximate size 10x11, kitchen 15x10.

So the guys came today and asked if I would like to change the floor moldings (not sure the proper name). I was like why not, let's make it nice. They are charging me $200 to install some oak moldings in the 2 bedrooms. The cost of the moldings $375!!! (110' @2.79/ft+ 130' base @0.53/ft)

When I heard that price I went over with dude to home depot because I didn't believe it, but it was true. I ended up buying it though.

Do you guys think the quote for the HW floors is ok? What about $200 to install the floor molding in 2 br?
tcmalker is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:32 PM
DONATING MEMBER
 
Chicago Performance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Northlake, IL 60164
Posts: 25,074
Location: Northlake, IL 60164
Sportbike: Trackdayz "I" bike!
Years Riding: since last year
How you found us: In a fortune cookie
           
Where is the video from Home Depot?

------->> Best motorcycle shop ever!

http://www.chicagoperformance.com/
Chicago Performance is offline  
post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:39 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 8,696
Location: Illinois
Sportbike: ninja
Years Riding: since I was a kid
How you found us: K.I.T.T.
           
contractors charge 50-100 an hour.


refinishing the wood floor seems ballpark range. Just get something on paper on how many coats of polyurethane he is going to put down.
taledarkside is offline  
post #4 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
tcmalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 840
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: FZ6
Years Riding: 2
How you found us: fz6 forum
   
he's said he's going to put 3 layers (semi-gloss), nothing is on paper as it was verbally agreed
tcmalker is offline  
post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:46 PM
King Nothing


 
Kegger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Ur Moms House
Posts: 17,944
Location: Ur Moms House
Sportbike: I ride Ur Mom
Years Riding: As long as Ive known Ur Mom
How you found us: u found me
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcmalker View Post
he's said he's going to put 3 layers (semi-gloss), nothing is on paper as it was verbally agreed
I made a verbal agreement with my wife when we got married. Now she has half of my shit. Get it in writing son.

"When in doubt, use full throttle. It may not improve your situation, but it will end the suspense."
Kegger is offline  
post #6 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:50 PM
DONATING MEMBER
 
Chicago Performance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Northlake, IL 60164
Posts: 25,074
Location: Northlake, IL 60164
Sportbike: Trackdayz "I" bike!
Years Riding: since last year
How you found us: In a fortune cookie
           
Oh snap!

------->> Best motorcycle shop ever!

http://www.chicagoperformance.com/
Chicago Performance is offline  
post #7 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
tcmalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 840
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: FZ6
Years Riding: 2
How you found us: fz6 forum
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kegger View Post
I made a verbal agreement with my wife when we got married. Now she has half of my shit. Get it in writing son.
good point. I didn't do that because he's my co-worker and I trust him...
But, I'll do one better. I'll ask him to confirm how many coats he'll be using and I'll secretly record it (I know, illegal). Just curious, what's the difference in price & durability between 2 & 3 coats?
tcmalker is offline  
post #8 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:50 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 779
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: 05 SV
Years Riding: ...
How you found us: ...
  
Get it in writing man otherwise he could put nothing down and you're still out all that money.

I would've gone private contractor vs Home Depot any day, but thats just me.
pothiawala786 is offline  
post #9 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:51 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 8,696
Location: Illinois
Sportbike: ninja
Years Riding: since I was a kid
How you found us: K.I.T.T.
           
hope u didnt pay yet
taledarkside is offline  
post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:52 PM
DONATING MEMBER
 
Chicago Performance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Northlake, IL 60164
Posts: 25,074
Location: Northlake, IL 60164
Sportbike: Trackdayz "I" bike!
Years Riding: since last year
How you found us: In a fortune cookie
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcmalker View Post
I trust him...
I'll secretly record it

------->> Best motorcycle shop ever!

http://www.chicagoperformance.com/
Chicago Performance is offline  
post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
tcmalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 840
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: FZ6
Years Riding: 2
How you found us: fz6 forum
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by pothiawala786 View Post
Get it in writing man otherwise he could put nothing down and you're still out all that money.

I would've gone private contractor vs Home Depot any day, but thats just me.
hahaha, I haven't paid him NOTHING yet (except for the oak floor moldings). I'm gonna pay him when he finishes the job, and if he doesn't put that 3rd layer on, I'm gonna pay him less. That's why I asked about the price difference...

Also, how am I going to know exactly how many layers he used. Is it easy to tell or do I have to be there and actually watch him put all 3 layers down. Don't he have to wait a few hours between coats?

P.S. I didn't go with home depot, I just bought the oak floor moldings there
tcmalker is offline  
post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 02:57 PM
Greg
 
gsd656's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Morton Grove, Illinois
Posts: 3,677
Location: Morton Grove, Illinois
Sportbike: 2008 HD VRSCAW, 1985 Honda XR350R (Sold), 2001 SV650s (Sold), 2002 Sea-Doo GTX Di
Years Riding: I thought I was getting the hang of it...back to the basics.
How you found us: mentioned on svrider.com
           
Send a message via Yahoo to gsd656
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcmalker View Post
hahaha, I haven't paid him NOTHING yet (except for the oak floor moldings). I'm gonna pay him when he finishes the job, and if he doesn't put that 3rd layer on, I'm gonna pay him less. That's why I asked about the price difference...

Also, how am I going to know exactly how many layers he used. Is it easy to tell or do I have to be there and actually watch him put all 3 layers down. Don't he have to wait a few hours between coats?

P.S. I didn't go with home depot, I just bought the oak floor moldings there
You are the video camera guru, just tell him to wear your gopro while he puts the coats on and you'll know if he did it.

edit: never mind, I just scrolled up to see the idea is already in the works.

Greg

gsd656 is offline  
post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 03:01 PM
BH
Registered User
 
BH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: CowTown, IN
Posts: 4,740
Location: CowTown, IN
Sportbike: KTM
Years Riding: Long enough to get arm pump
How you found us: find who?
           
Send a message via Yahoo to BH
$1250 to refinish less than 500 square feet? must be in bad shape.....
BH is offline  
post #14 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 03:03 PM
Super Moderator

 
Vcook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Winfield
Posts: 43,229
Location: Winfield
Sportbike: bikeless
Years Riding: 10
How you found us: Shit, you know I'm a clsb OG!
           
Send a message via AIM to Vcook
Who are you using?

Chris
Vcook is offline  
post #15 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
tcmalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 840
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: FZ6
Years Riding: 2
How you found us: fz6 forum
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by BH View Post
$1250 to refinish less than 500 square feet? must be in bad shape.....
it doesn't really look that bad, actually thanks for reminding me. I'm going to take a picture before they start on it...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vcook View Post
Who are you using?
some pollock, I had a little cheaper quote from a dirty mexican, but wanted to give my co-worker a chance. Also he told me pollocks are better than mexicans.
tcmalker is offline  
post #16 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 03:07 PM
Super Moderator

 
Vcook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Winfield
Posts: 43,229
Location: Winfield
Sportbike: bikeless
Years Riding: 10
How you found us: Shit, you know I'm a clsb OG!
           
Send a message via AIM to Vcook
200 to install trim molding isnt bad. 3 bucks a square foot refinishing cost seems a tad high. What color are you doing them and will the trim be matched?

Chris
Vcook is offline  
post #17 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 03:08 PM
Super Moderator

 
Vcook's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Winfield
Posts: 43,229
Location: Winfield
Sportbike: bikeless
Years Riding: 10
How you found us: Shit, you know I'm a clsb OG!
           
Send a message via AIM to Vcook
More like 2.50 a foot, not bad really if the work is good.

Chris
Vcook is offline  
post #18 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 03:17 PM
BH
Registered User
 
BH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: CowTown, IN
Posts: 4,740
Location: CowTown, IN
Sportbike: KTM
Years Riding: Long enough to get arm pump
How you found us: find who?
           
Send a message via Yahoo to BH
does he have his own sander? if so, is it dustless? if not, is he including cleanup, or leaving your house a shitty dusty mess?
BH is offline  
post #19 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
tcmalker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chicago
Posts: 840
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: FZ6
Years Riding: 2
How you found us: fz6 forum
   
Quote:
Originally Posted by BH View Post
does he have his own sander? if so, is it dustless? if not, is he including cleanup, or leaving your house a shitty dusty mess?
don't know, will find out when he does it. If he leaves my house a shitty dusty mess, he will get paid minus cleaning cost. And I'll charge myself $100/hr. Don't forget I haven't paid him yet!
tcmalker is offline  
post #20 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 03:37 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 8,696
Location: Illinois
Sportbike: ninja
Years Riding: since I was a kid
How you found us: K.I.T.T.
           
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcmalker View Post
don't know, will find out when he does it. If he leaves my house a shitty dusty mess, he will get paid minus cleaning cost. And I'll charge myself $100/hr. Don't forget I haven't paid him yet!
how much do you charge to give yourself a hand*** ?
taledarkside is offline  
post #21 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 03:49 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 779
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: 05 SV
Years Riding: ...
How you found us: ...
  
Get it all in writing man. How many coats, total price, cleaning or not, etc etc.

Co-worker or not, if he's been doing this a while, he knows exactly where to cut corners, and in most cases, money (and time) talks.
pothiawala786 is offline  
post #22 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 03:51 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 8,696
Location: Illinois
Sportbike: ninja
Years Riding: since I was a kid
How you found us: K.I.T.T.
           
dude, if the guys polish, make sure you have some bread and sausage in the fridge. Polish beer would be good, too. Then ask him to start talking about the old country.
taledarkside is offline  
post #23 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 04:28 PM
Registered User
 
Chunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Chicago
Posts: 13,847
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: I don't ride
How you found us: google
           
Get it in writing you foolish chank. The construction industry is full of liars.

<---- Useless Mufugga
Chunk is offline  
post #24 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-09-2012, 04:37 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chicago
Posts: 779
Location: Chicago
Sportbike: 05 SV
Years Riding: ...
How you found us: ...
  
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chunk View Post
Get it in writing you foolish chank. The ___________ industry is full of liars.
Fixed it for you.

Heck I have my drug dealers put it in writing, you never know
pothiawala786 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Chicagoland Sportbikes forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome