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Old 10-29-2013, 11:43 AM
 
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Ok, so we are getting laminate flooring installed in our living room. 300 sq/ft. A relative of ours recommended this guy and I also had a couple others praise his work. So I figured this guy was trust-worthy. Well we give him the money to get all the wood he needed so afterwards he brings back his bill and starts laying it down. I looked up all the wood he got from lowes and everything checks out fine except the laminate itself. Which he is trying to charge us double for it. No, it has nothing to do with the labor. He has everything itemized and the labor itself is $500. I moved all the furniture, took up the old carpet and had to pick up the wood myself. We gave him the money because we thought he was going to purchase AND pick up the wood. But no, he went and paid for it and then he said something come up and we had to pick it up.Now the ball is still in my court. I haven't said anything to him about it yet because he hasn't finished and we haven't paid him in full yet. Has anyone ever heard of a contractor charging double for the flooring? He has the laminate costing $616 on his bill. I went to lowes and had them print out an estimate and the wood only cost $330 total. SORRY FOR THE BLOCK TEXT! I HAVE USED PARAGRAPHS TWICE AND KEEPS REVERTING BACK TO A BLOCK FOR SOME REASON.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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Did he give you an estimate you agreed upon?
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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WOW.

I just had 450 sq/ft of laminate put down and the installer just charged me labor. I paid for the flooring, underlayment and the related molding pieces at the store and the installer picked it all up and brought it to my house.

After it was done, I paid the installer the amount he quoted me for the labor. I had extra molding pieces leftover and returned those to the store and got refunded for them. It was a painless process.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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I would show him the printout you got from Lowes and ask if he made a miscalculation in the cost of the flooring. This will give him the chance to change his bill without losing face.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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What did the initial quote say for materials and labor? Did you add in the underlayment? If you get the expensive stuff it can get up on price quickly. Are you free floating? Glue down or nail down? Are you adding in ALL the materials or just the wood flooring.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:25 PM
 
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His bill:Laminate: $663.16 (Lowes estimate print out: $330)Shoe molding: $150Thresholds: $1003 rolls of padding: $75Labor: 511.84.I had two contractors come in and they both gave me a $1500 estimate. So we finally decided to let this guy do it since he had a few references and he's going through a divorce and straight up told us he needed the money.So far he has $900 of my money and I still owe him $600. I should only owe him $300.Did I agree with the $1500? Yes. Did I agree to pay double for the laminate flooring? Hell no.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:29 PM
 
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Ahh hell with it. I don't blame you if you don't read the post above. I don't know why my text is blocking up and I'm not typing it again.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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You agreed to to pay him $1500Did you agree to the materials used listed in the quote?You didn't check the price of the materials?$1 sq/ft laminate from Lowes are the lower quaility lamite (hope you realize that).
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Cold Springs, NV
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You got laminate flooring for $1.00 a foot? Are you sure? The Pergo XP I'll be using is $3.29 a foot. $1.00 a foot is really cheap.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:31 PM
 
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Did I agree with the $1500? Yes. Did I agree to pay double for the laminate flooring? Hell no.
In my opinion, the discussion is over at the bold part if I am reading that correctly: He quoted you a price and you agreed to pay that price. He is now charging that same price. Yes? Then you owe that price.

It is up to you beforehand to check all the figures and the breakdown of what you are paying. It doesn't matter if he charged you 5x what it costs to buy the laminate yourself at Lowes. You agreed to an overall price to do the job and he is charging you that price. You can question him if you want, but I believe the honest thing for you to do is pay him the agreed price. By agreeing to the price you agreed to pay "2x" as much as the laminate costs from Lowes if that is truly how he billed the job.
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