I think that price sounds reasonable.
I think that price sounds reasonable.
That price seems pretty cheap to me, I would expect installation of a furnace and AC unit, with all the duct work etc to cost more then that.
But maybe they are just hungry for work, 1 thing for sure though as it gets closer to summer I imagine that price will rise pretty quickly
Heck I just paid $8k for my new heater and air coniditioner last fall, and we already had all the duct work. But that is a ultra high efficiency one. Sounds like a good deal to me.
the units that he quoted are both middle of the road. not sure if im gonna live there forever, but i know i will be there for awhile. also, i had him itemize the bid and the total for labor was only 800. he said they would have it all done in 3-4 days.
Only 800 dollars for labor and it will take 3-4 days for them to complete the job?
That seems very out of wack, no one can stay in a business and make only $800 for labor in that time period, no matter how much they mark up the materials. I seriously recommend you getting several more bids, and check with the BBB about the business and perhaps ask for references.
If you are happy with the base board heat there might be another option. My dad built a house when I was a kid and decided boiler heat was the best option so that is the way he did it. Of course it sucked in the summertime in the hot humid summer days. Tried the window units but they didn't keep up so this last summer he some outfit come in and put the air conditioner in the attic and it actually blows down from the ceiling at a much cheaper cost then the cost of replacing the whole heating/cooling system. It always keeps the upstairs very cool but at times struggles a little with the main floor, but if you have a single story house, that won't be an issue with your house because the basement stays cool anyway. It would be worth checking out especially if you save some coin installing it.
We put a system very similar to this in our house last year. Worth EVERY penny. We got a bunch of quotes, ranging from $8Gs to $20Gs. It was expensive, we paid--$9000. But our energy bill is much lower now than when we were running a couple of window units and we are soooooo much more comfortable.
they came highly recommended-from several sources including the work they did at my towns city hall. that's why we asked them to come first. 800 bucks for 3 days of work would actually be pretty good for most construction people, and wouldn't be bad for 4 days. our basement is all ceiling tile so all we have to do is take out the tiles to run the ducts, and put them back in when they are done. the bid they gave us lays everything out that they intend to do and i see nothing they omitted. we will be getting another bid this evening from a kid just getting started on his own who has been doing this for about 15 years for someone else. problem with that is that he probably won't be bonded and insured like the company we got our first quote from is.
You should never hire a none insured contractor to do anything in your house specially something this pricey.
And as someone in a construction related industry now, only making $800 for labor on 24 or so man hours is horrible.
They probably pay their installer around $15 or more, it costs the employer probably another $5 per hour having the employee with workmans comp, fica, ss and uniforms. Then there are expenses for that cost of insurance, the vehicle he drove there, gas, tools, marketing, his pay check, reinvestment in his company.
They can't possibly pay that with the remaining $13 per hour, and stay in business.
well somehow they are doing it, and staying in business, and probably going to get my business. i see your point, and appreciate your concern, but i'm sure they aren't trying to pull one over on me. it is a respected business with a large clientele. also, at 15/hr, that comes out to 360 bucks for 3 days to pay the employee, 480 if it takes him 4 days. that means they are making 10/hr if it takes him 4 days and 18/hr if it takes him only 3 days. for doing nothing but lining up work for an employee.
True but average customer acquisition costs for contractors are usually $100 or more depending on the type of work.
If you feel comfortable with the company and they have good references go right ahead with it I think you are getting a great price.
thanks everyone for the input. we got a second bid, and it was a little less expensive then the first one, but he is just getting started on his own after working for another company for 14 or 15 yrs. i think for the slight difference in cost, it will be worth it to stick with the original bidders. again, thanks for the input.