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Old 2006-02-27, 10:56 PM
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Default hardwood stairs (new house). Why so much $$$?

Why do builders charge so much for a hardwood stairs instead of carpet? My builder quoted me 4300$ for it, we said ok because we wanted to have hardwood upstairs (~11,000$!!). Now, they sent me an email saying that the sales office made a mistake and that the cost for the hardwood stairs (oak) is 5600$ instead of 4300$. The regular stairs (with carpet) are made from wood as well.. so why would an oak stairs be that much?

Because of that, my wife and I are thinking of going with carpet stairs and carpet everywhere upstairs (we'd save about 17,000$ in upgrades by doing this). We might have hardwood installed a few years down the road for a lot less $$$... screw the builder's profits!
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Old 2006-02-28, 12:59 AM
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Because the builders can make a significant margin on upgrades. They can sell it based on the fact that the upgrade is installed at the time of closing, and that they also warrant it and it's covered under Tarion.

3rd party installed upgrades would be warranted by the same guy who posted the sign on the lamp post advertising his servcices.

I am not advocating you go either way. Just make sure you fully investigate both options and know exactly what you get. Investigate quality of the product and installation.
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agreed...for the reasons you stated we didn't go for the hardwood flooring upgrade. Some of the quotes I got from reputable flooring stores are between 1/2 and 2/3 the cost of our builder!

In my opinion, I would bite the bullet on the hardwood stairs though. It could be expensive and a hassle later down the line if you chose to replace the wood stairs with something like oak. Plus if the stairs were to squeak you could always complain to the builder.
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Old 2006-02-28, 08:55 AM
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We also were considering getting hardwood on the main level and up the stairs however were quoted a ridiculous price. There is no way we can afford almost $11,000 for the convenience of having it when we move in.

I understand that it would be great to walk into the house and have everything done already. I also know that having it installed after you move in is a giant pain because all of the furniture has to be off the floor. Plus you can't walk on it for several days until the finish cures.

But, come on, what the builders are charging is unbelievable. We're doing it afterwards.
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Well, I've officially removed the hardwood stairs from my upgrades. I'll also do the hardwood upstairs later on. That's like finding 15,000$ of free money! :lol:
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