Pouring concrete in a basement

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Hello all! I am looking into buying an old 2 family unit and turning it into a 3 bedroom single family unit.  The property needs a lot of work done which is perfect, I can make it look exactly how I want it.  There is one part of this project that has me stumped on rehab estimates though, the basement. The basement needs to be finished... there is no concrete floor, just dirt.  The house is in St. Louis city and as many old houses in the city it has limestone blocks for a foundation which seems to be in good shape but no concrete floor.  The square foot area of the basement is about 900 and about 1/3 of it has concrete but I am wondering if anyone has an idea of what it would cost to put concrete into this basement as the first step towards finishing it? Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions!

It'll cost you a very small amount for the concrete (maybe $200) and a good handyman to do the work if you don't want to. This is heavy, labor intensive work, even though it's not incredibly complicated. It's probably going to run you upwards of $1000 in the best-case scenario.

Usually 108$ per cubic yard. One truck will fit about 10 cyd. You need about 9.3 for a 5” thick slab. Delivery fee 100? So about 1100 for concrete alone. Then labor, figure about 2000-3000 for labor. I’d say you should be able to get it done for under 5k

Originally posted by @Patrick Moore :

Usually 108$ per cubic yard. One truck will fit about 10 cyd. You need about 9.3 for a 5” thick slab. Delivery fee 100? So about 1100 for concrete alone. Then labor, figure about 2000-3000 for labor. I’d say you should be able to get it done for under 5k

Hello, Patrick. 

I am in Chicago and have a brick three flat with a dirt basement. About 1,200 square feet. Should be able to get back and side access. Do you think that affects your numbers for St. Louis poster? I'm in 60653 area code.

Any suggestions for contractors?

Thanks.