Choosing a Home Repair Estimate
You're ready to start your next big project and you have several estimate ready to go. So, you just go with the one that costs the least, right? Hold on just one minute. There's a lot more that goes into picking the right estimate than just the cost.
Ask what the estimate includes
Sure, one company might be quoting you $5,000 more, but they're also promising to patch any holes they had to make and send in a cleaning crew after. In other words, once they're done, the project is done. Ask what the quote includes and then decide if you're prepared to handle any additional work that comes after the project is completed. Sometimes it's worth doing some of the clean up yourself.
Is there a warranty?
Some companies stand by their work with a parts and labor warranty. Typically that home repair estimate might be slightly more expensive, but that extra money might be worth the peace of mind you'll get from knowing that your work is guaranteed.
Compare to local averages
Websites like Home Advisor can tell you what the average price for a similar project is in your area. Use this information to decide if your quote falls within a fair price range.
Did they give you want you asked for?
If you asked for a quote to build a railing on your deck and the builder gave you a quote to rebuild an entire deck, they might not be the right choice. Sure, many companies will give you a more expensive option, but the quote should also include the work you initially asked for. If you have a company that is only trying to upsell you, it might be a sign that they're not great listeners and may not deliver the product you want.
How was their communication?
Okay, so communication doesn't necessarily play into how much something costs. But it goes a long way in making sure you're on the same page about the work, what the project includes, how payment will work, etc.
What happens if the actual work ends up being more expensive?
When it comes to working on a house, things happen. A plumber might uncover corroded pipes when they're fixing a leak, a builder might see you have foundation issues once they start work, and an electrician might find faulty wires when they're putting in a new switch. But what happens when those problems come up? Be sure to ask if you'll be liable for paying for these types of issues or if its included in the work. If you're liable, be sure the company checks to see if they can see any of these types of issues ahead of time.
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