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Spekulatius

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Re: Home projects
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2019, 01:15:43 PM »
I bought the door myself and had a handyman install it. I also had the issue that the price most contractors charge wasn’t transparent as they both had a margin on the door and Charge for labor. That’s why I bought the door myself. This also was cheaper than going with Home Depot doing the whole thing.

I think contractors are afraid that customer size the door wrong and want to take some margin on the hardware itself.

We did this with our last kitchen renovation, the same way. We bought all the hardware cabinets, stove, tiles vents ourself and had a handyman install it. Cost us  ~10k  back in 2010. Now people pay 5x as much to get similar work done. Crazy!

(My wife had awesome connections to Asian hardware stores in the Bay Area back then). Cabinets cost half what we would have paid at Home Depot.
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John Hjorth

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Re: Home projects
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2019, 01:23:46 PM »
I have "door envy" and I still live like a college freshman in an apartment building.

Whoa whoa whoa... you mean to tell me that as an established fund manager with a real business you donít live in a giant mansion paid for by extracting fees from people?? All jokes aside itís refreshing every once in a while running into someone in the financial industry who isnít a totally selfish piece of shit only concerned with stuffing as much money as possible into their pockets. Cuz itís like 98.5% of them.

Personally, I have to agree with Greg here, BG2008,

Your personal story for your past and youth is very well documented by you here on CoBF. I would argue that exactly that - and the way you've managed to handle the hardship during those years - is today likely the greatest strength of yours. With regard to "door envy", perhaps you may have a choice. [ ; - ) ]
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Jurgis

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Re: Home projects
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2019, 03:31:50 PM »
(My wife had awesome connections to Asian hardware stores in the Bay Area back then). Cabinets cost half what we would have paid at Home Depot.

The only cheap connection I have is Vietnamese hardwood floor guys. They've done our floors couple times and it's really well priced. Unfortunately they specialize in hardwood floors only and don't do anything else. Maybe they'd recommend someone if I talked Vietnamese, but I don't.
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Re: Home projects
« Reply #13 on: December 24, 2019, 07:20:12 AM »
I found this startup that provides online configuration and quotes without registration: https://renoviso.com/entry-doors/c3
They have quotes for windows/doors/siding/roofing.
I think their prices are close to bottom prices you can get for particular project. Might be a good resource to get pricing even for people not in their area.

I'm not sure we gonna go with them, since there's a risk that their contractors are not that great. We'll see if we gonna get any quotes that are at least close to what their quotes are.

For our project, their quote for Therma Tru door is about $1.6K (we have a quote from contractor for $2.6K!). Their quote for ProVia door is about $2.9K (we have a quote for ~3.4K).
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