Remodeling your home is something you have to do carefully. You have to take your time finding the right contractors for the work because you want the job done right for a reasonable price the first time. This is why it’s so important to get a quote ahead of time because that gives you a chance to choose who to work with. If you don’t get a quote — a free quote — you could end up paying so much more than is necessary.
Don’t Pay for the Quote
A quote lets you see what the company is going to charge you and what services it will take care of. However, you want to get a free quote, one where a representative meets with you and gives you a number based on what he or she sees without requiring you to pay any money for that information. If you decide not to use that company, you haven’t lost any money if your quote was free.
Get Several Free Quotes
It’s better to get several free quotes so you can compare prices. If you get one, you have no idea if the price you were quoted was typical for your area. Maybe you’re being overcharged, for all you know. For example, if you want to install fixtures like easy access tubs, one company might charge so much that you decide not to get the tub.
But if you get many quotes, you can find out what a common price for the remodeling job is, and you can scratch the really high and low prices off your list of options (unusually low quotes may be legitimate, but they can also mean the job quality might be cheap, too). So you could find many more contractors willing to install those tubs for very reasonable prices.
Get Them in Writing
Always get the quotes in writing, too, on the company’s official form. That way, if you call a company back later, you’ll have proof of the amount they quoted you. Sometimes quotes are good only for a certain number of days or weeks, so be sure you find out if there is a time limit on the quote.
Free quotes are very helpful when you are trying to plan a home remodeling job. Don’t forget to take advantage of this service from the contractors you are considering.