Are you ready to collect bids on your project? You’ve narrowed down the list of potential contractors by following all the steps we reviewed in our licensing series.
Other qualifying steps, like checking out their insurance and references, will occur once you’ve whittled the list down to the final selection process. So is it time to take that deep breath and find out how much?
Yes; and no. It’s a bit of a judgment call based upon your project and your own comfort level. To put it in perspective, if you have a very specific job you’re looking to have done – like replacement of an existing item or upgrading windows, or getting a new roof or an air conditioning compressor – you’re ready to get quotes. Likewise, if the properly suffered damage of some sort and your goal is to simply restore it back to the way it was prior to the damage. What each of these examples hold in common with each other is that there are very few variables. When replacing one item (like a window or door or roof) with a new item, the primary thing to compare is product and then price.
But when you’re adding something or making significant changes as in a remodel or addition – constructing something very different than what you have now – then you can only really compare prices when everyone’s bidding on the same thing. If you’re asking each potential contractor to bid off the identical set of plans, than you know the responses you get should be “apples to apples” and you’re in a good position to move forward, get bids and then compare. If you’re not yet in that apples to apples position, then you might want to think about taking another step before spending time on comparing quotes which will be very difficult to compare.
The step I’m referring to is developing and settling on a plan that details out exactly what you want done so that everyone is quoting on the same specification. The more complex or detailed the project, the more detailed your plans will need to be in order to get quotes that are based on the same type apples. Next, we’ll take a look at some of the orchards that you can select from.