Hello, Folks I just called a contractor for a job estimate, and although I realize that Labor and material costs have risen over the years, I was blown away by the estimate I received. I have a 3 bedroom, wood frame, Ranch style house in Central California. I have a 6.0 sliding glass door set, complete, that I wanted installed, and the labor involved would consist of removing a 3.0 sash window, enlarging the rough hole, installing a 4x10 header over the opening, installing the track kit and windows. The exterior is 1x wood siding, the interior, half inch drywall. I'm getting old, but I still estimate this to be one days' labor for one man, and with me providing the window kit, contractor supplied materials should run no more than $100 (Header, Flashing, Sealant, 1 4x8 drywall panel)
Tell me I'm wrong.... The estimate I received was for $1290, with a kicker of $400 if I failed to provide the window kit at the proper time.
Am I THAT far out of touch? If basic Handyman/Carpenter skills are now worth $1100 a day, then I won't bother saving money to send my son to Medical School. Any opinions on this bid? Mike