Would you ever have thought a laundry room could be so fun? Here is a testimonial from our client
Saturday night our daughter clebrated her 14th birthday, by having 12 girls spend the night......all was going well, loud and rowdy with the occasional scream, then silence. I waited before I walked down stairs, so I would not look like an over protecting mom. I cautiously walked downstairs, to my surprise there were no girls. I walked down the hall. The door to the laundry room was closed, but the light was on.
As I approached the door I could hear a voice or two, as I opened up the door, much to my surprise all 13 girls are in my laundry room. I asked, "Why are you all in my laundry"? They shouted "we love your laundry room it's so bright, cool and welcoming....not to mention there was a fair amount of food"
I have recently received two bids for the following: a) blacktoping my existing gravel drive and b) adding a third driveway lane on east side of existing drive then blacktop total area.
The two companies are not at all close in their bids ($1600+ difference on option "a" alone) for the same details offered on bid A. Both companies had the same fee to complete option B. Is it okay to ask the highter priced company why they are so much higher? Shouldn't the bids state offered guarentees and expectation of completion times? Or is that on the final contract only? A lot of novice questions here - I'm wanting to approach this the right way and enter into the best contract that I possibly can while covering any "what ifs". Any additional feedback would be appreciated!
Commented on Mar 08, 2012
Thank you everyone. The job is not too large as the drive base is only about 17' wide by 48'
long. Company #1 quoted/bid to me to complete the (Option A) blacktop over exisiting gravel at $1450. To add third lane (Option B) is extra $1500. Total bid for A+B = $2950.
Company #2 quoted/bid the same defined job (Option A) at $2626. To add third lane (Option B) is an extra $1520 Total bid for A+B = $4146.
I have emailed the two companies and one has responded back (Company #2). He did not have an explaination as to why there was such a price range between the two Option A quotes. He offered to reduce his Option A bid by $150. Still waiting for Company #1 email response.
And just looking at this further, I wrote on my question to the forum the difference in bid was $1600. I just realized that my math is wrong - I apologize. The difference is $1176.
As a new homeowner, its my goal to approach my renovation projects as educated as possible so to make the best decisions possible with hiring the right contractors for my job, but that will also fit into my (limited) budget. I believe I'm on the right track, however, getting bids that vary so greatly back from contractors, as well as, being told by another company they don't want to bid because they aren't looking for work at this time, is very frustrating to this newbie. I appreciate the unbiased/general feedback I am receiving from this forum group.
We installed framed-sealed glass in their existing doors by removing the top four panels, and replaced the plain transom above. Avoided replacing the whole door frame unit. All work completed on-site in a couple of hours.