Do most contractors provide detailed quotes for home renovations?

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  • Mary Overmyer Mary Overmyer on Mar 30, 2018
    You should always ask for an itemized quote. That way there is no misunderstanding of what you are paying for. Any extra work should also be in the form of an itemized change order.
  • Barb Adams Barb Adams on Mar 30, 2018
    Yes, your estimate should be fairly detailed and in writing and include date of completion. Try to get at least three. Ask for references. Don't pay up front, he may not finish the job. Here's some good info about hiring contractors: https://www.netquote.com/home-insurance/bonded-and-insured-contractors
  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 30, 2018
    If they are legit, they will. You will need to have a starting date and a finish date and what happens if not done by the finishing date, i.e., monitary reimbursement. Of course, this is dependant on any changes, which should be in writing, and signed and dated by all. any changes need to be in writing. You should only be required to put up about 1/3 of the money before hand and pay more as the job proceeds. Don't pay in full in advance, because then the contractor has no incentive to keep going. Don't pay the job off until you are completely satisfied with the work. No "Well, pay me the rest and I'll be back next week and tidy this up." No, they won't be and you have nothing to hold them to it. And, this is very important, if the contractor says that they will take a certain amount of money off of the project if you 'run down' and pull the permit, run away. Run fast! Get rid of them. Whomever pulls the permit, and there should be a permit, is saying that they are doing the work. If something goes pear shaped and you have an accident, fire, pieces falling off, you have said to the city that you did the work. And if you are not qualified, the insurance company will say no to any reimbursements. Check with the BBB on any company and find out who the owner is and check to see if their license is current. It may be a bit more to use a known company, but in the long run, it's not really more money. And, be sure they are licensed and bonded. Check with Angie's List to get some workers in your area. Sorry for the long reply, but you really need to know this stuff:)
  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Mar 30, 2018
    In the more recent years when we have had dealings with contractors we have always received a very detailed quote via internet and after using the contractor of our choice the invoice matched unless we knew a change that we had made.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 30, 2018
    No! you would have to ask them to. They may say due to time prep. they might have to charge a small fee, but hopefully not..........
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    I always check license with the state contractors license board.
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 30, 2018
    they should...if they don’t want to bother with it....move on to a different contractor.make a very detailed list of what you want done. Specify what materials you will supply. Especially if it’s a new sink, dishwasher, oven. Fridge Bath tub etc. if you don’t, they tend to go with builder grade. Specify who removes the construction debris. Are you going to rent the dumpster, or will they? Do give a reasonable time frame for completion...some material may be on back order, or discontinued by the time comes to install. Have a back up plan in place. Choose 2 acceptable products For the remodel -primary and a back up.

    Check with the better business bureau and ask for references...check with your insurance company as well. You may need a rider added for the workers. Theft protection? How do they want you to secure supplies? Storage cube? On a truck? I grew up in a bad part of town. The best security was the drug lord next door. That dude did not want cops in the area. After the fire in the house all was wide open. Nothing went missing..no materials no tools. 3 blocks away...a rash of thefts. Mom bribed him with apple pie. aparently it worked. Let you neighbors know about the remodel and the increased traffic.

    Weather also plays apart in remodleing...Expect delays if items are being shipped from a distance away.

    my reator gave me a bit more advice...figure out the square footage of the house. Figure out how much you paid for each square foot. If you do a remodel keep it to the price of the square footage of the room. Over improving for an area can be a hindrance to selling as well.
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 30, 2018
    not that you would be selling the place....but it Can affect your pocket book.
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