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lindyluvsCR
6/22/2019 13:31 EST

For those of you who have been here a good while, I have a question. I always heard that labor is cheaper here than in U.S.

My neighbors roof had a leaking problem the other day. They fixed it with some goop hopefully. But being a roofer they recommended it being time to repaint the roof. From a distance I could see no flaws but I understand that maintenance is good idea.

I asked him if he would look to see if my gutters needed to be cleaned out, and he did and said no problem. But said I also need to repaint, and the guy on the roof either sent the boss on the ground pictures for me to see (or maybe just keep same ones handy for everyone).

All that looked like it needed it was on the seams, and told him so but did not give me a price just for that. Other than from an airplane, there is no view of the top of my roof, so my thinking is just the seams.

For my neighbor he quoted $1150 who has steep angles. Mine is just slightly sloped for $1050..

I know that interior paint is not cheap, and really don't know how many gallons it would take. I don't know if roof paint is more expensive. It is a 2BR 2BA, big porch and bigger than Tico sized rooms.

I would do it myself if I didn't hate ladders and heights and wasn't as old as dirt.

My neighbor thinks that the roofer is honest because helped build his house. To me part of being honest is to not take advantage of us Gringos. I do not mind paying a little more, but I do think his price off the wall. I cannot imagine any Tico paying that much, many are mostly rust and obviously cannot afford at any price.

What do you think?

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mate31658649
6/22/2019 22:24 EST

We had our roof painted 2 years ago. We bought the paint (I don't remember the cost) but the labor was $200. I believe the estimate you were given was too high.

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lindyluvsCR
6/23/2019 09:12 EST

Thank you Mate. That's what I think. Hundreds of dollars to high.

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ILuvCR
6/23/2019 10:57 EST

Hola lindyluvsCR !

I really don't know the scope of work that you're describing or the quantity or price for the paint and materials but as you may know "mano de obra" or labor is one of the best deals in Costa Rica.

Generally from $3-5 per hour per person with $5 for the experienced and skilled worker.

I usually inquire as to how many workers and how much time involved to complete the job and then do the math to come up with a fair price for labor.

I have a great guy and he reminded me in no uncertain terms that I should factor in difficulty and risk of injury in to that calculation.

ie: he worked all day high on a ladder sawing, hammering and painting with one hand on the ladder and the other on his tools. He wanted and I paid more for this feat!

Hope that this helps?

Pura Vida!

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Kohl
6/23/2019 12:24 EST

Suggest you ask another 'contractor' for their estimate.

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lindyluvsCR
6/23/2019 13:30 EST

ILuvCR - It sure does help. Kohl - when I am ready I sure will be asking someone else for a quote. I did not think there was any way that the price was normal. Like I said, I don't mind blessing someone with some extra, but....

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Kohl
6/23/2019 16:12 EST

Make sure to withhold payment until all work/labor is completed to your satisfaction. You may want to either shop around to buy the paint yourself or ask for the receipt.

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lindyluvsCR
6/23/2019 17:52 EST

Good advice. Thank you Kohl.

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ILuvCR
6/23/2019 19:08 EST

I always pay "mano de obra", labor by the hour and supply the materials myself.

I believe that I got my electricians discount when I bought everything to rewire my home.

I did pay a agreed upon sum for the completion of that job not by the hour but I did the math after it was done to my satisfaction and it turned out the be around $13 per hour for the electrician and his helper combined.

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