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Unread 08-31-2010, 01:51 PM   #1
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Demo Reality Check

Looking for some opinions. Been told twice in the last week that $2 a ft. to demo out glued down hardwood over concrete slab is ridiculous.

I understand the differences in regions and markets make this sort of discussion pretty un-scientific, but---> am I out of touch -OR- is this just typical haggling?
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Unread 08-31-2010, 01:58 PM   #2
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How much floor, Brannigan?

Hunnert square feet, I'd think two hunnert bucks was a bargain.

Hunnert thousand square feet, I'd maybe think you were crazy as hell.

You know how tough it's gonna be to get the wood up and clean the floor?
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Unread 08-31-2010, 02:04 PM   #3
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Both just small residential floors on slab. One was 310 sq. ft. Other was 500. Neither of em are just going to jump in the truck, they are glued down well.

And good point CX, I realize there is an economy of scale for bigger areas, etc.

For what its worth..both fully occupied homes, furniture/appliances to move and protect, etc, etc.
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Unread 08-31-2010, 02:59 PM   #4
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tearout

I try and charge by the hour . . . it takes as long as it takes

Hard for a customer to argue that, especially when they see you sweat.

As an outside observer, 620 bucks on the one and 1000 on the other seems pretty reasonable -- I mean protect, move crap, haul the crap away etc clean up . . . --

shop rate for a helper is 35-45 hr

shop rate for lead and helper 75-95 hr

add to that travel time and dump fees . . .??

If they want to do the Home Depot employment agency and grab a couple day laborers at the curb, that's on them; but as homeowner I'd like the solace of a licensed and insured pro with references --

My basic rate alone per day minimum is 350-400 bucks

Man, when money's tight folks don't think straight . . .

sorry you have to listen to that garbage

hopefully they'll come to their senses when some dumb animals trash the place
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Unread 08-31-2010, 03:39 PM   #5
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I gotta say that it sounds like a bargain at $2 a foot. hauling and disposal included. That glue can be hell too.

Me...I charge a day rate plus materials. I don't care what I'm doing, it takes as long as it takes, or it goes faster that expected. I want the same everyday.

Sounds like a deal to me
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Unread 08-31-2010, 04:56 PM   #6
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I've done it for a shop I used to install for at about 2.50 (they had the dumpster). Nail down I have down for as cheap as 1.50-1.75. But this was stuff included in the scope of work when I was installing the new flooring afterward, ie. making more money.

Glue down wood is a nightmare is all I can tell you. Use roofing shovels and when you start to get mad and throw a foot go outside so you don't break stuff. Me thinks for your area 3+ per foot would be more like it.
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People seem to forget the materials don't fly into the truck by themselves, nor does the truck empty itself.

Plus the floor protection, dust clean up, flat tire from the landfill.... You know the drill.
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Unread 08-31-2010, 05:08 PM   #8
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Tell them you will gladly bid the install with them doing the demo work....Of course you will have to add extra to fix the cabinets/walls/carpet that they destroy, and the HO won't be around either cause they will be at the chiropractor's office.
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