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How Important Is It To Get A Contractors Quote?

Aug 17, 2007
When it comes to dealing with contractors one of the most important things that you will do is getting a quote. This quote may be hard to wrangle out of some contractors, but it is absolutely essential. This is the only guarantee that you have concerning the budget of the work that you need done. Without a quote in writing the contractor can spend as much as he or she sees fit and then charge you for it in the end. The quote is what can help you to cap the spending on your contractor and sub contractors.

The contractor's quote is also a tool that you can use when trying to decide between contractors. You will probably meet several in your hunt for the contractor for you and it can be pretty tough to narrow it down to just one. The quotes that you receive can make it a lot easier to choose. You will see how thorough the person is by the quote as well as get a feel for the amount of money that is gong to be needed to pull of this project.

Whatever you do, don't choose the cheapest quote simply because it is so cheap. When it comes to construction cheap is not better. This does not mean that you want to choose the highest either because price alone does not make it good. What you need to do is some research. Visit some sites online and find out some price ranges for what it is that you need done. This will help you to determine which contractors are trying to take you for a ride and which are honest.

When you are comparing the quotes from different contractors you need to keep it simple. Keep in mind that there are different qualities of just about everything. For example, perhaps you need new windows, one quote may quote you a low price because you are going to get cheap and crappy windows from them while another might be way higher because they plan on installing great energy efficient windows. What you need to do is make sure that all of the contractors are quoting for the same things. Choose a kind of widow and have them quote for the project using those particular windows. The same thing applies to the doors and the railings or whatever it is that you need. This is the only way to compare applies to apples and oranges to oranges.
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