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Old 09-09-2012, 07:38 AM
 
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The stairs that go out our back door and down to stone patio are very old, against code and need to be replaced. Our house was built in 2007, and we think the stairs were recycled from the house that was torn down, despite the fact that everything else (down to foundation) is brand new.

We need a 4 foot platform with about 5 steps going down. We want PVC with no slip steps. Very basic, plain, etc. We just need safe stairs to get out of the house and down to the patio. We got an estimate. They want almost $7,000. We thought it would cost us about $3,000.

Seems like we could put a whole deck for $10,000, and we are getting charged almost $7,000 for stairs?

Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:50 AM
 
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LOL! $7K for 5 steps ... just FYI thats nearly $1.5K per a step. Think about it pal, does that makes sense to u? No way jose, I'd ballpark $2000k for the whole job with site cleanup inc.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:24 AM
 
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Call around and get a few more estimates. Don't mention any prices you have. You want their best price when asked about budget, etc.
It[s best to get three estimates when doing improvement projects. And let them know that'swhat you are doing.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, Nazi Jerky
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OP,
Get at least two more estimates. Make sure that all 3 are bidding on the same work. By that I mean describe what you want exactly the same to all three so you are comparing apples to apples, not apples to oranges. If the estimates vary widely, get two more. If all three come in within 10%, high to low, you now know what the job should cost, not what you think it should cost.
References.... They don't mean didly. Even the worst contractor has done a few jobs that turned out well. Ask your friends, co-workers and neighbors who they would or would not recommend.
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Sounds like one of those jobs that's "too small to bother with" so they are making it worth their while by overcharging. You need to find a contractor that is a little more hungry.
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