Removing old carpeting and particle board..
Hi everyone, I'm in the process of getting quotes for new hardwood floors. There is about 700 sq ft of old carpet to remove, as well as a layer of particle board. One installer would charge $80 to remove the carpet and $1.00/sq ft to remove and replace the particle board (replace with plywood). When he came to measure, he mentioned that it would probably take him the first day to remove the carpet and particle board and lay down the new plywood. Ok, sounds good.
So the second guy would charge his hourly rate for this work - 8 hours for removing the carpet, 16 hours for the particle board, and then 15 hours to install the plywood. According to my calculations, that is FIVE DAYS. ??? Seems like a long time, and it's so vastly different from the first guy.
So obviously I could save a lot of money by going with the first installer, but I worry that maybe he would rush through the job, be careless, etc. Or that he has just plain underestimated the work and he will end up being here 5 days just for the prep, just like the other guy would have! Anyone have any thoughts? Any idea how long the carper removel/sub-floor process should take? Again, this is about 700 square feet. 4 bedrooms and a hallway. The particle board is not glued down.