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Then if you are the Do-It-Yourself type you can do a bulk of the work yourself, relying on the local contractor for maybe the wiring and just to check up and make sure you installed it correctly. (HINT: take a picture of the old furnace wiring, this may help in wiring the new furnace if the old furnace wiring was not to code.)
If you are not the Do-It-Yourself type then call a few local contractors to get pricing on installing the new furnace.
(Customer Tip: a lot of people find that the maintenance guy at the local apartment complex works for the least amount of money; while others place ads in local paper for experienced a/c or furnace installers)
Contact a few local contractors and ask about their labor fees. I would not tell them you need them to install anything at this point.
The local contractor will quote you a price on the phone for his service call.
NOW YOU NEED TO ASK ABOUT TRAVEL FEES, AND LABOR FEES.
Once the contractor has told you about his labor fees, and all other fees to come and work in your home, and if you are ok with the prices, tell him to send an install crew over for a furnace change out.
Now you need to know that it usually only takes between 2 to 6 hours, depending upon the work area (is the furnace in a tight spot or is will the installer have room to work), to replace a furnace using 1 or 2 people.
Armed with this knowledge you should not get screwed on the price.
Let's look at the worst case scenario:
6 hours with 2 men at $100 per hour = $600
and on the low end:
2 hours with 2 men at $100 per hour = $200
You may even try to get the contractor to give you a flat rate of like $400 to install the furnace, this way you don't have to worry about their "milking" the job.
They would get $400 if it takes them 1 hour or 10 hours. A maintenance man or handyman should do it for around $200 because they have less "business expenses".
It is always a great idea to have a local contractor inspect the install after the equipment has been installed if you did it yourself or used a handyman or maintenance man. This would give you a invoice saying it was installed properly for your peace of mind and warranty sake.