That was somewhat of a personal best. Gawd, they are expensive. $2800 to install laminate in five rectangular rooms. They were advertising a $397 whole house install. $2400 of this was extras.
This cost didn't include any materials whatsoever.
Sixty cents a square foot to tear out carpet. OMG. A dollar foot to install simple quarter round. The list of add-ons was as long as Wilt Chamberlain's leg. Too bad for them, it was a simple job. No furniture, no closets, no steps, no backlays, nothing.
Ripping off unsuspecting customers ... that is the power of the Home Depot.
I don't see why this bashing of HD's contractors is even a topic of discussion. I see HD's primary business and selling products (not services) to consumers. Hiring a contractor is always a liability. If you go to HD for such a thing and expect it to be cheaper than hiring a contractor yourself YOU ARE STUPID!
HD is now the middle man and they will be taking a cut of the profits. There is NO WAY that you should get it cheaper doing it that way. They are merely a job broker. If you want quality work done you hire quality contractors. END OF STORY
Well, they advertise a $397 whole house installation for laminate. Do you not think that a 700% markup on the install is a little over the top?
You are not making sense at all.
Home Depot promotes a $397 whole house installation. Suddenly the price jumps to $2800 and you are basically saying that Home Depot is not complicit in the matter even though they (Home Depot,) did the original estimate?
IMO, this is a way of luring in unsuspecting people and shaking them down for every nickel they have. It's borderline criminal.
We do a double torsion spring change in our area for 145 bucks + tax, parts and labor. Other rip-off companies are charging up to 700 bucks for the same job. Too many companies out there have no conscience and that will bring a deadly payback in the end.
These Market people who run up oil and commodity prices to stuff their own pockets are in the same sinking boat....
I sense that people are finally figuring out how much of a ripoff Home Depot is. There will always be clueless people, of course, but in my town word is out that shopping locally is cheaper, easier and you get much better service. The days of the bare concrete floor and pallet rack marketing BS might be coming to a close and not a minute too soon.