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Question DetailsAsked on 10/21/2015

What is the average of installed paver patio for 100 square feet in the 21046 zip code?

Angie's offered a "big deal" of $1500 for a 100 square feet paver patio. However on the website it states the average is $15.00, so is this really a big deal? When we added some additional square feet (not sure of the exact amount, but it was a small area, and curved an edge, it took us $2,500 over the $1500 we already paid. We haven't signed any contract yet, but I feel like I'm getting the same price I would get from any other patio place without a "big deal." Thoughts?

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Normal cost range (assuming minimal subgrade grading needed) or run of the mill concrete pavers is $5-10/SF - up into the $15/SF range with poor subgrade conditions or if intended to be driven on, or using real stone can be $15-25/SF.

You said added small area, relative to 100SF - so assuming you ended up with 140SF say, and now totalling $2500+1500=$4000, so you are now up to around $28/SF average price !!! WAYYYY out of the normal range, and about double the original price - and additional footage should be CHEAPER, not more expensive.

I would be looking at how committed you are to this contractor - though having paid money up front unless you demand that deposit back immediately you may be tied into an implied contract even if you have not signed a contract yet - WHY did you pay anything before signing a contract with a firm price and scope of work? However, depending on state law you might still be able to get out - and if the $1500 was a payment to AL on the Deal, then unless work has started (which it does not sound like) you have 30 days from purchase to get a full refund by calling AL Member Services, as long as no work has started.

Sounds to be like time to get out - because if they were giving you $15/SF for the 100SF, and then say 30-40 SF additional for $2500 MORE at maybe say $60-80/SF - in plain english, unless this is darned special real stone (like gold ore), you are getting RIPPED !

I would say time to bail if at all feasible, and leave an appropriate review on AL.

Just because it is an Angies List Deal does not make it a "deal" - could just be a loss leader or a come-on - probably so in this case because as you say the price does not look like anything special, so they offer 100SF then dramatically bump up any additions to make a killing. Actually, from the complaints here recently, sounds like a fair number of contractors are using Deals for bait and switch, come-on advertising, or flat out fraud by not honoring their ads.

I would be getting several other quotes for the total jobfor comparison - and also look into DIY if inclined to that sort of yard work, because with a bit of education from online sources you will find it is NOT rocket science, particularly for a patio (as opposed to driveable surfaces).

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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