Remodeling Contractors: Don’t Always Go With The Lowest Bid And Demand That The Scope And Cost Of The Work Be Detailed Upfront

29 08 2010

“…homeowners ought to be doubly wary of choosing the lowest bidder, especially if there is a wide difference in price for what you think will be the same work, building contractors said…”

“The first (page of contract) is a summary page that includes base cost, what’s included in that, and allowance items,” Murphy said. “The second page is work order specifications that may include demolition, concrete, excavation, plumbing, electrical, HVAC (heating, air conditioning and ductwork), and any finishes that may be involved such as tile or paint work.”

“It starts out with the scope of the work,” said Mike Pudlik, owner of Legacy Design and Construction Inc. in St. Charles. “What the client thinks they’re getting and the scope of what the contractor is offering can be different.”

If one quote for a bathroom or kitchen redesign is $10,000 less, there’s probably a good reason for it. The first thing homeowners need to do is compare apples to apples, which means take the quotes for the proposed job and compare them thoroughly. Go through every line item and ask questions.

“Not every contractor details specifications, but what a contractor should detail is what’s included in the price,” said Bryan Sebring, owner of Sebring Services in Naperville. “If you ask them upfront and they don’t want to give you details, then they will never be honest with you.”

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