extra cost- does this make sense?

calizzyAugust 3, 2013

I am having new baseboards installed in my house. Originally the guy quoted me at $250. Today I bought my baseboards and showed them to him and he said that because they are 5 inch instead of 3 inch he is charging and extra $100. Does this make sense? Why would it be harder to cut a 5" board than to cut the 3" boards?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cheryleb

I tried installing the really wide boards and it is harder to get the corners right and to make the joins for longer walls.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 7:51PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
buildinva

Well that sounds like a bargain either way. We just paid $2500 for baseboards + casing and we are not in a high $ market...

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 10:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
calizzy

ok, you guys are making me feel better about it. We are having 240 linear feet. The cost is just for installation. He said he will paint them for an extra $300, do you think it's worth it, or should we try to paint them ourselves?

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 11:03PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Fori is not pleased

If you paint them yourselves, do it ahead of time so that you'll only have to do touchup when installed.

It's kinda a pain to paint them when they're in but not too bad in the garage on sawhorses. They'll probably need a light sanding job beforehand too.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 12:05AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
snookums2

Definitely do your sanding and a quality prime coat (even on pre-primed) before installation. Some people put the first coat of paint on too.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 12:08AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Cindy103d

Ditto on painting before installation. The installation price sounds great, but you can easily save money by painting yourself.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 6:54AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cheryleb

Having painted a few hundred feet of wide baseboards in my garage, I would pay the extra money to get it done. It was hard work and took a lot of space in the garage to get them spaced out properly.

I do find the older I get, the more attractive it is to hire people to do the labour.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 9:39AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Linelle

If you have space in your garage and enough sawhorses, painting baseboards is very easy. It's a lot less annoying than priming/painting 9-ft. textured ceilings. As me how I know. :)

Sometimes it's worth it to pay someone else to do the work. Other times, I treat myself to something I want (can be totally un-kitchen-related) with the money I save. I got an iPad with the money I saved painting my kitchen myself.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 11:05AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Please help me decide on kitchen wall cab elevations
We have a 10 foot sloped ceiling (10 feet where the...
veroni2413
How best to trick this space out as a pantry?
Hi all. I currently have a roomy walk-in pantry (4'...
jenmendel23
The Kitchen Designer Landscape
There seems to be a few scenarios out there. Some I...
denizenx
What do you think of this idea for IKEA Sektion door fronts?
I am going to put in IKEA cabinets and it don't like...
enduring
Two toned kitchen love em or hate em?
I am loosing my mind. I originally wanted a dark shaker...
abick2
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™