Nov 19, 2012 7:54 am
Our builder 'M' has quoted us 1.5K just to upgrade the motar colour to off white. Didn't think much off it at the time but have since seen some pricing from another builder and the same upgrade is about $400!. Am thinking now that we are getting ripped off big time!! Just wondering what is reasonable for off white motar.... afterall it is only the sand they use right?
Re: Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!4
Nov 19, 2012 12:08 pm
We were charged $410 for a single storey house.
Re: Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!5
Nov 19, 2012 6:13 pm
Our off white mortar upgrade was $382 for a 29 sq single story.
Re: Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!6
Nov 19, 2012 8:37 pm
$420 here, $1500 sounds very expensive.
Re: Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!7
Nov 19, 2012 9:56 pm
off white was free for me..... A bag of off white cement is only about $2 more than std, no idea why they would not just cover costs but I guess its an easy way to make more profit
Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!8
Nov 20, 2012 9:30 am
Owner builder here so I know the cost.
White brick sand was about $10 more per cubic metre.
Brick cleaning was about $15 more per 1,000 bricks.
So say that's $25 more per 1,000 bricks or 20sqm.
Could be 10-40,000 bricks in a house
Re: Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!13
Nov 20, 2012 10:57 am
Can the builder charge what ever they like for such an upgrade or is there a markup limit e.g. 30% based on material cost?? The only option we have is the standard natural mortar which would do injustice against the bricks... (That also came to a staggering 6K)
Re: Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!14
Nov 20, 2012 11:47 am
Tmv. For 30sq its too much. But to be honest there wont be much you can do if you want off white mortar. Because that's the price the builder allocated for that upgrade and i don't think its something that one person can change.
Re: Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!17
Nov 20, 2012 2:34 pm
henley was charging the same.. seems to me that the big companies reel you in with all the "$30,000 off your new home" only to make it back by over charging on extras!
thats just rubbish......(i know you have it in for henley)
we have nearly 42sq double storey
provide off white mortar in lieu of standard - $475
Re: Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!18
Nov 20, 2012 2:39 pm
we went to our colour appointment a month ago and were charging us over $1000! one of the main reasons we cancelled our deposit and chose another builder as i could not justify paying that much for something so simple
Re: Off White Mortar... 1.5K upgrade!!19
Nov 20, 2012 3:20 pm
I thought Henley had set pricing on upgrades. We saw a pricing sheet for upgrades to a comparative home we were intrested with and that's when I realised that we were being charged too much.. The Henley upgrade sheet had approx 400 for the off white mortar...
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Nov 20, 2012 3:55 pm
Yes henley provide you with an upgrade price list on your color info session which has cost for your typical upgrades like bricks, mortar, tiles, roofs, flooring, benchtops, etc... and the mortar price increase is around $300-$400 at henley.. in fact most of their upgrades are quite reasonable compared other builders..
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