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Don’t Be Enticed By Too Low a Price CAVEAT # 5

CAVEAT # 5:          Some Allowances Can Cost You Big Time A common practice in remodeling is for a remodeler to provide you an estimate/contract price that is based in part on “allowances.” These are place holders in the budget that should cover the products and parts of the project that you want for your project [...]

Don’t Be Enticed By Too Low a Price CAVEAT # 4

CAVEAT # 4:          Low Estimates and Less Skilled Labor In every industry, workers with the highest level of skill and experience command the highest salaries.  The remodeling industry is not exception.  If you receive an estimate that is surprisingly low, you should question whether less skilled, less experienced workers are going to be working on [...]

Don’t Be Enticed By Too Low a Price CAVEAT # 3

CAVEAT # 3:          Desperate Companies Resort to Fire Sale Prices A lower-than-expected price is a red flag rather than a green light.  When the economy creates tough times for remodeling businesses, some may resort to booking jobs at any price in order to retain their staff and trades people in the short-term.  An experienced, reputable [...]

Don’t Be Enticed By Too Low a Price CAVEAT # 2

Remember: “Remodeling horror stories often begin with a great price,” an astute industry expert once said. Although consumers regularly use price as one of several deciding factors in making major purchasing decisions, savvy homeowners know that too-low of a price can signal big problems and major unexpected costs ahead. CAVEAT # 2:          Floor Planning Can [...]

Don’t Be Enticed By Too Low a Price

“Remodeling horror stories often begin with a great price,” an astute industry expert once said. Although consumers regularly use price as one of several deciding factors in making major purchasing decisions, savvy homeowners know that too-low of a price can signal big problems and major unexpected costs ahead. In it’s first blog series of the [...]

Making Sure a Jobsite Stays Clean

Many consumers have had issues regarding the definition of clean up as it relates to the construction project.  Some contractors assume you don’t want to pay carpenters wages to have someone clean up the construction site.  Some contractors clean up at the end of each business day and use terms like “broom-swept clean” to describe [...]

How Can You Know If Your Contractor Has Skilled Craftsmen?

Some companies pay a lot of attention to your home’s details.  They are concerned about matching the details of the trim, the windows or the species of the wood.  Every house is unique in some particular way, especially if you live in an older home.  Do you want some thought given to the project and [...]

Does Your Contractor Stand By His Work?

There is often a lot of confusion about guarantees and warranty work, both on the part of the homeowner and the contractor.  Many contractors fail to be clear about the guarantees they make about their finished products. A guarantee is an assurance that certain conditions will be fulfilled, especially that a product will be of [...]

A Creative Contractor Can Help You Stay Within Your Budget

So many times projects cry out for creative ideas that will help the project really reach a satisfying level or practical value.  A professional contractor will be able to contribute many creative ideas that will enhance the project.  A professional design / build contractor offers design services or in some cases has professional relationships with [...]

What Does Your Contractor Do For Your Community?

A contractors’ business has to exist someplace.  A contractor can’t operate in a void or with complete disregard for the community it serves.  That same contractor is dependent on a healthy, thriving community, and it is significant if a contractor plays a vibrant and supportive role in the community.  What role does your prospective contractor [...]

 
 
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