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Washroom Reno before and after - estimate Opinion pls

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Washroom Reno before and after - estimate Opinion pls

So we had a water damage issue thats now identified and we are going to go ahead with a reno.
This is a condo and same contractor came recommended from building management - as honest and reliable.
We haven't had done work for long time in Toronto, so asking for opinions on the pricing.

Estimate is $8500 +hst for :
1. Redoing all the Shower Walls + Matching Floor Tiles
2. Includes 1 New Toilet, Tiles and Parts
3. + $500 for demolition, debris removal + final clean up
Time Estimate: 1.5 Days - including some time for drying
* KEEPING SAME STEEL TUB
* VANITY AND MIRROR and any ELECTRICAL are not included and untouched. Tile will go around existing Vanity.

BEFORE PICTURE - not exact but similar
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AFTER PICTURE

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Seems a bit on the high side just for tiling and toilet replacement.
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Not possible in 1.5 days! Demolition, setting tiles and followup with countertop and toilet install in 1.5 days.....haha. Do they mean 36 hours of work? Agree, price seems high.
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Get other quotes to compare - both price and what they think is reasonable and how much work it will be. Don't just pick "the building's guy" without shopping around, for all you know he might be recommended to everyone just because he gives kickbacks to the board members.
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Seems VERY high. As in 2x what I think it should cost. Did they provide any details on exactly what they would be installing UNDER the tile? That's the most important part of this job.

And you NEVER tile around a cabinet. In 2 years you'll want to replace the cabinet - then what? Good luck finding one exactly the same size/footprint as the current one.

Forget this "contractor" who is more than likely the friend/brother/uncle of of someone in building management, who is probably getting a 10% kickback.
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Lol, $4500 for contractor, $4000 for building manager...that sounds about right...
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The mirror, electrical and vanity has changed in the after picture, so not representative of what you are getting.

Agreed for just tile and toilet replacement seems high. We paid a touch more then that for a full gut to the studs, and new everything, in a house, so easier access, but also fair more work. 1.5 days isn't reasonable either.
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fordmaple wrote: Not possible in 1.5 days! Demolition, setting tiles and followup with countertop and toilet install in 1.5 days.....haha. Do they mean 36 hours of work? Agree, price seems high.
This, don't know how you tile in 1.5 days, maybe 3 half days for tiling and then a few other hours here and there for other stuff. So 1.5 days total over the span of 3-5 days?

Also, as others have said, this is what? $1500 of materials give or take, even after the 50% markup for dealing with condo stuff and things, $7k for "1.5 days" of work just doesn't make sense.
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Just get 3 different quotes from actual contractors and you should have your number.
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Price is high even with a condo PITA surcharge.

I watched an experienced tiler struggle with those 'linen look' tiles last year, its not possible to get a good score line to snap on. He had to make all cuts on a wet saw outside, time consuming as normally he would take 30 seconds to score and snap tiles in hall outside washroom. Tiler tried to convince the client not to use the same tile in a second washroom, claimed it would be impossible to clean with all the ridges Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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I lived in a condo. don't ever use their recommended services. my condos recommended plumber was always 2x the cost of any other plumber. Go get some more quotes. Also, with all that new tile and toilet, the tub will stick out like a sore thumb. Get it replaced while you're at it. I re-did my bathroom (floor, vanity, walls, etc) and decided to keep the toilet thinking it was in great shape but you can really tell.
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Zamboni wrote: Price is high even with a condo PITA surcharge.
divx wrote: Just get 3 different quotes from actual contractors and you should have your number.
Got a second quote:
Shower Area
  1. Remove and dispose walls around bathtub
  2. Supply and install cement boards
  3. Waterfroom using Aquadefense
  4. Supply and install Moen Faucet - full system with inside wall valve - not just heads
  5. Supply and install 12x24 porcelain tiles
  6. Grout and seal - have asked for Epoxy Grout
Floor
  1. Remove existing
  2. Supply and install 12x24 porcelain tiles
  3. Remove Vanity and Install tiles in the area
  4. Re-install vanity
  5. Supply and install new toilet
$5700
Duration or unavailability of Washroom - 4 days minimum.

Includes all material - Not sure, if its better to supply own -tiles, toilet and faucets ? I can ask for a new quote, without parts.
*Interestingly, this came from referral of a another condo owner in same building and seems this guy has done 8-10 washrooms in the building as well, so he know what involved I guess. I am yet to check what that condo owner paid, but they had it done 3-4years back.

Any feedback is appreciated ! thanks
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Ask for a quote with you supplying the tiles, toilet, faucets, etc. This way you get to pick the quality you want/can afford and just leave installation to the contractor.
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lpin14 wrote: Ask for a quote with you supplying the tiles, toilet, faucets, etc. This way you get to pick the quality you want/can afford and just leave installation to the contractor.
thanks. Yes, did ask both for quotes without Tiles , Toilet and Faucet

Any recommendations for purchasing Moen Faucet and Tiles from? I guess a standard Toilet from Home Depot or Rona would do.
Both contractors mentioned that Moen Faucet is the way to go.
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Can you not decide what faucet you like? I figure this comes down to personal preferences.
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We have a 8X10 bathroom. got EVERYTHING changed. Toilet, bath, vanity and shower were changed. Went from an acrylic shower to a tile shower, with custom fitted glass side and door, epoxy grout. Had electricity done by a licensed electrician, plumbing done by a licensed plumber, toilet changed place, had gyproc changed on the walls, had an exhaust fan installed on the ceiling, old tile removed, and new tile installed on the floor a custom made vanity by a cabinet maker, at about $2K, and the shower glass was about $2k as well. All this for $13K or $15K maybe 5 years ago. They been at homw for abot 1 week including drying time and sub contractors work (glass specialists, cabinet maker who installed the vanity)
Faucets , toilet and bath comes from a speciality store, not from Home Depot or Lowes where they tend to sell low end brands

So yes, this is not a good price, unless you live in an area where prices are that high?

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