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Unread 01-06-2008, 06:00 PM   #1
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Angry Quote from Lowes

I had Lowes come out and give me a estimate for redoing my kitchen tile. 320 sq feet 18 x 18 tile. Quote included replacing 1/4 inch backer board, tile(2.99 sq foot), laticrete grout ,thinset, quarter round molding around perimeter of kitchen for the low price of 9700.00
Thank goodness I found this website. I took the advice from someone on this board and went to a local tile shop. They recommended a excellent installer. Total price for everything the same 4700.00
How does Lowes get away with charging those prices? Needless to say, I am VERY happy.
Thanks for having this website.

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Unread 01-06-2008, 06:12 PM   #2
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The big box stores are notorious for charging a high price. The worst part is the workmanship is usually inferior because they screw the tradesman so all the guys that will work for their price cut corners to make up for it usually.
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Unread 01-06-2008, 06:35 PM   #3
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That's a pretty dramatic spread, Stacy. What part of the country do you live in?
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Unread 01-06-2008, 07:26 PM   #4
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I am in NC. I couldn't believe the price difference either. It totally pays to get more than one estimate.

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Unread 01-06-2008, 07:32 PM   #5
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Hi Stacy, is there tear out to do?
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Unread 01-06-2008, 09:08 PM   #6
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I'd be leary of the 2nd estimate.
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Unread 01-06-2008, 10:35 PM   #7
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I can't speak from personal experience but what you are usually paying for with the big box stores is a guarantee if something goes wrong with the job. If you have problems with the contractor's workmanship, that's when the store is supposed to step in to help you. Whether that guarantee is worth the money is not something I can attest to personally.

Both Lowes and the contractor that's doing the work is naturally out to make a buck (it's the American way) so you shouldn't be shocked if it's a little more. You can't expect Lowes to charge the consumer less AND pay the contractor more. Would you? I'm assuming Lowes pays whatever they do on the promise of steady referrals in return for quality work.

I do know that you usually get what you paid for so as the others have insinuated, I would make sure you are comparing apples to apples when reviewing the quotes.
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Unread 01-06-2008, 11:54 PM   #8
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Why don't you tile that kitchen yersef! I'm sure there are a couple (few?) here that can help you through it, and the best part, with the money saved, you can pay for half a year's college tuition for your son!

Don't let the pro's listening in hear me say that, though...
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Unread 01-07-2008, 12:09 AM   #9
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Thats a low bid, for sure, too low for what I see.
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Unread 01-07-2008, 07:08 AM   #10
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Sorry, yes it includes tearout in both estimates. I also had other estimates from local guys(tile store recommended) and they were all within a couple of hundred of the guy I went with(he had the best references). The work is already being done, they are grouting today and it looks great.
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Unread 01-07-2008, 12:56 PM   #11
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I have gotten good price from Lowes, and also have gotten terrible prices. I had a small bathroom done through lowes, then hired the same guy for cash to do a much larger room, I am sure he made more money per days of labor on the second room then the first. I have also gotten a quote from Lowes for countertop work that was 150 bucks a square foot, go figure. Now that I have found this forum I just beg for contrators in the pros section though!
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Unread 01-07-2008, 03:37 PM   #12
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The roofer I used said his roofing company did contract work for one of the big boxes. He said they figured their normal bid and added 40%.

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Unread 01-07-2008, 06:35 PM   #13
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I'm hearing a 20% markup on countertops and tile in my area...

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Unread 01-07-2008, 11:54 PM   #14
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We needed a new roof and got three bids:

Home Depot 17,000
Bid 2 15,000
Bid 3 11,000

We picked bid 3. We were very happy with the work. As near as I could tell they did a very good job. The Home Depot bid did come with some kind of sealed underlayment instead of the two layers of roofing felt that the guy we selected used. Regardless of that my expectation is that the roof we selected (shake like concrete tiles) will last at least 50 years so any possible benefit from HD wouldn't seem to have much benefit for us and the extra 6 grand in our pockets definitely is of benefit to us.
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Unread 01-08-2008, 12:09 AM   #15
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Hi Dave,

That's ice and water shield that you're talking about. And hopefully you don't have to learn the hard way what its benefit is over the roofing felt.
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