I've got a 42" x 45" shower. I've cleaned it back to studs and the
plywood subfloor. I was planning to do it myself (already bought the
cement and sand and membrane) but my wife has cold feet about letting me
do it. (I don't know why, exactly....I'm doing all the plumbing and tiling)
She got a contractor in for an estimate and wants to use him. When he
left here he was saying $300-$400, and now he's called back with $400.
Can anyone guesstimate what a realistic cost for doing this job should
be in Southern California? Although I've not done one before, it seems a
straightforward task and doesn't scare me in the least.
$400 seems outrageous to me, but if that's what it costs, I can swallow
it. I just want to make sure that if it should be more like $200 or
$250, that I know that beforehand.
You may recall that, with help from yourself I had prepared myself to do
this job. But for some reason, my wife decided that she wanted to pay
someone to do it. So, from my perspective, even $100 is too much because
I WANTED TO DO IT! LOL.
It especially bugged me that he was looking right there at this small
job (no variables at all) and said $300-$400 and then came back with the
top end bid. It feels to me like he sized us up and decided that we'd be
good for an extra $100.
(Now, just to be clear, this $400 is just for setting the pre-slope,
installing the membrane that I already bought, and floating the top and
As far as "living in the 70s", in almost 30 years of home ownership,
I've never hired a pro to do stuff around the house, so I wouldn't know
what going rates are, then or now....I just presume them to be 'higher
than I care to pay'. (-;
Since she's paying, charge her half what the other guy wants and still
do it yourself. ;o)
Now that I don't know, but even at 4 bills the price is still
reasonable. Tell him you expect to be able to set the tile without any
problems. The curb has to be level and sloped properly and it has to be
square and exact in dimension on both ends and in height, etc. The
floor needs to be sloped properly without bumps, humps, lumps, or swales
in it. In other words you should be able to just install the tile - no
grinding or adjusting of the mortar should be necessary.
I'm sure you'red a very handy person. Good luck with your job.
Joe, one more extremely important thing if you hire this fella to do the
pan. Refer to the web sites I gave you regarding the membrane for
proper installation. No nails or staples too low on the walls or on the
inside or top of the curb, etc. Then fill it with water after
installation and before mudding to ensure there's no leaks.
I guess the good part is that I do have the sense that he'll do a good
job. He's a young guy (late 20's I think), seems to know the drill and
came recommended from a friend who had him do a decent-sized tiling
Thanks again for the advice!
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