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Last fri night, the tiles on the grandfather’s living room crack / “pop” up, and the cracked tiles reaches exactly from the kitchen door to his bedroom door. We are so worried bout his safety as he’s 90 over yrs old, and recently we then get the news tat he got cancer, and the life span is onli 3-6 months. His only activity is to visit the toilet, bath, and sleep. Thus tat cracked tiles really will cause a lot of inconvenience to him.

I manage to contact a contractor (recommended by frenz), and the person came over to see the floor on sat. I requested him to remove the cracked tiles, and lay cement over, so no tiling work is requested. And the person quoted mi 650 (that price is only on material and labour fee, and the area covered is bout total of 42 tiles - 30 cm x 30 cm). If I’m to put tiles, there’s an extra charge of 200, and they need to apply permit. I agree to let him do it for 650, and placed a deposit of $200 (reason being my grandfather live alone, and docs say he can’t get hurt. I’m afraid at the sharp tiles will hurt him.Somemore, he can’t see clearly. Wat if he juz trip over…)

when his worker came, he say tat not all the 42 tiles need to be removed, so I called the guy again, hoping he can give mi a good price. In the end, he say tat he can onli give mi a discount of $20. I’m so surprise, as the area to be covered is smaller(onli 20 over tiles need to be remove). I was so pissed off as his attitute over the phone is not veri good. I try to tok to him nicely, but he told mi tat tis is miscellaneous job, nobody will take such job. He onli pick up the job because it’s recommended by a frenz.

when the worker finishes the job, he told mi that total price is 380.. I was blur and I just passed him 380 like tat. After a while, I find it quite surprising. The guy told mi to give the balance to the worker which is 450. But the worker tell mi total price for the floor is 380. So I believe the guy over charge mi by a lot a lot. After the floor is dried, I check and realise it’s not a good job done. My frenz assist mi to call the guy yesterday, asking him to get his worker back to do the touch up for mi, but guy insist that I should check before letting the worker leave. OMG…. The floor is all wet cement, and it takes bout 10 hrs to dry. So am I suppose to lock the worker for 10 yrs? Or should I walk over the wet cement to ensure tat there’s properly done???

I saw the worker using his hand to pick the tiles up, and break it using hammer, no special tools except for a few tiles where cutting is required, and the material is 2 bag of cement and water. Such job, they are charging my 250 for hacking of the tiles, and 400 for labour and material fee. i’m not demanding or unreasonable, but really feel that such pricing is not acceptable. Can some one do help to advise mi, the estimate price for such job???

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Last fri night, the tiles on the grandfather's living room crack / "pop" up, and the cracked tiles reaches exactly from the kitchen door to his bedroom door. We are so worried bout his safety as he's 90 over yrs old, and recently we then get the news tat he got cancer, and the life span is onli 3-6 months. His only activity is to visit the toilet, bath, and sleep. Thus tat cracked tiles really will cause a lot of inconvenience to him.

I manage to contact a contractor (recommended by frenz), and the person came over to see the floor on sat. I requested him to remove the cracked tiles, and lay cement over, so no tiling work is requested. And the person quoted mi 650 (that price is only on material and labour fee, and the area covered is bout total of 42 tiles - 30 cm x 30 cm). If I'm to put tiles, there's an extra charge of 200, and they need to apply permit. I agree to let him do it for 650, and placed a deposit of $200 (reason being my grandfather live alone, and docs say he can't get hurt. I'm afraid at the sharp tiles will hurt him.Somemore, he can't see clearly. Wat if he juz trip over…)

when his worker came, he say tat not all the 42 tiles need to be removed, so I called the guy again, hoping he can give mi a good price. In the end, he say tat he can onli give mi a discount of $20. I'm so surprise, as the area to be covered is smaller(onli 20 over tiles need to be remove). I was so pissed off as his attitute over the phone is not veri good. I try to tok to him nicely, but he told mi tat tis is miscellaneous job, nobody will take such job. He onli pick up the job because it's recommended by a frenz.

when the worker finishes the job, he told mi that total price is 380.. I was blur and I just passed him 380 like tat. After a while, I find it quite surprising. The guy told mi to give the balance to the worker which is 450. But the worker tell mi total price for the floor is 380. So I believe the guy over charge mi by a lot a lot. After the floor is dried, I check and realise it's not a good job done. My frenz assist mi to call the guy yesterday, asking him to get his worker back to do the touch up for mi, but guy insist that I should check before letting the worker leave. OMG…. The floor is all wet cement, and it takes bout 10 hrs to dry. So am I suppose to lock the worker for 10 yrs? Or should I walk over the wet cement to ensure tat there's properly done???

I saw the worker using his hand to pick the tiles up, and break it using hammer, no special tools except for a few tiles where cutting is required, and the material is 2 bag of cement and water. Such job, they are charging my 250 for hacking of the tiles, and 400 for labour and material fee. i'm not demanding or unreasonable, but really feel that such pricing is not acceptable. Can some one do help to advise mi, the estimate price for such job???

Even if somebody was to advise u on the price of the job, what are u going to do. After all, it already been paid for, what done cannot be undone. The only thing is to black list this person only. No offend, just my own point of view. In the first place, for this type of cracked tiles and using only cement to patch up, shouldn't be looking for contractor at all. They will charge u higher becos they are the middleman.

 

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as i said, it's recommended by a frenz.. my frenz juz inform mi tat the guy do construction work. so i didn't know the background of tis guy...

 

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as i said, it's recommended by a frenz.. my frenz juz inform mi tat the guy do construction work. so i didn't know the background of tis guy...

They are just making a living bah .... if you really feel heart pain, you can always flush all your anger here ... we will help console you :P (joking)

Seriously, that would be the price i would have charged.

Cost

1. 1 Labor $60

2. Cement + sand $80

3. Tiles $150

4. Transport $30

5. Makan $10

6. Tools -wear/tear $20

If he is the contractor getting sub con to do the job,

7. Transport $30

The part that you paid most is probably to commission $150-200 (normally)

Plus opportunity cost that he came to help you despite being specialise in construction work.

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Hi rendell, your charges are so much lower leh, so next time when we have adhoc jobs, can you help to do? :D

Seriously, I am thinking to replace my kitchen sink tap, planning to go to Jalan Besar to buy one... how much do you think is a reasonable price for a plumber to do this kind of small job?

 

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there's no tiles.. i onli ask them to put cement..

Hi aunty, I really hope u can get over with it. Sometime things just don't go your way as it is. As you need to find help fast and totally have no ideas on it, that when other will try to take advantage on it. Mistake made and learn from it make u a wiser person next time. :)

 

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sometimes cant count by the size of job too...they come all the way for a job..big or small..the margin and labour and transport is fixed....

if they come to do a 3 hours job...they use the same time to transport too from whereever they come from...

so bigger job normally sound cheaper cos we see bigger surface area...

 

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