Di Lorenzo has become our second home. In fact, I think if I were to ask for a cup of tea and a bedtime story, they’d happily oblige.
Ok, so maybe not, but we HAVE spent quite a bit of time there recently to better understand what sort of tiling and carpeting we’re working with and what to expect from “Category 1” and “Category 2” products when working within Metricon’s standards. What we’ve discovered hasn’t been pleasant…
When meeting with our contracts manager at Metricon to review our plans once more before signing our lives away she stated, plain as day, that Metricon needs to make a profit (as expected), and additions and upgrades to anything we choose to do has a 25% mark up on it. 25%! No wonder our fireplace costs $16,000, and ducted air condition requires me to cut off my right leg.
On hearing this, we decided to take a trip over to Di Lorenzo and have a look at tiling, carpet, carpet underlays, and everything else that I had no idea would be required for flooring installation. Despite being relatively busy, we were helped by a few friendly employees who helped us reach a very important decision:
Take the tiling and carpet out of contract.
At least everything but the wet areas. The tiling in the wet areas are pretty much required by the builder, as they need to be properly waterproofed. Waterproofing requires the the tiles to be installed at the same time, but by taking the tiling and carpet out of the contract we’re saving over $3,000. Well, sort of. I think we’ll end up spending about the same amount, but the carpet underlay and tile quality will be superior to what we would have been able to afford had we left everything in the Metricon contract. The only disadvantage to doing this is you’ve got to wait a few more days to move in, as you’d need the house in your possession to be able to source your own flooring.
What ways have you found, that has helped you save money with your builder?