You’ve researched your new remodeling project.
You have talked to a number of potential Madison WI remodeling contractors. All of which could do your remodeling project.
And, there is even one remodeling contractor who has impressed you with knowledge, perspective and you trust him.
However, even with all of the stars beginning to align, you wonder…
- Can I get the work done cheaper?
- Am I paying too much?
A Normal Reaction Prior To A Remodeling Project
It’s common for anyone to wonder if they can get the same results for less cost. The problem comes when you are assessing a process new to you and you deal with infrequently or possibly not at all. The context you have for making a remodeling contractor decision is incomplete.
Remodeling and many home improvement projects often fall into this group. When reviewing various quotes, consider the following elements making up every remodeling quote. They all can impact a remodeling quote (and the true value you receive).
Consider These Elements In Your Remodeling Quote n Madison WI
Materials – all materials used in every project have various levels of quality which can affect the final cost of a project to varying degrees. If the material is not visible, it’s an area where the less expensive choice, if used, can potentially lower quality.
Labor – plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling professionals can be used in many remodeling and updating projects. Licensed and certified professionals can help ensure equipment is correctly installed and in turn, will last longer and operate safely. This is another area where lesser experienced or non-licensed/certified individuals if used which may lower the price and open up problems in the future. (Simple question: would you rather have a carpenter with twenty years experience or two?)
Project Management – With many remodeling companies, a sales person will sell the project, and then turn it over to a project manager. Assuming the project manager is experienced, you have to hope there is no breakdown in communication between the two steps. If there are multiple crews, you can have even more opportunity for breakdowns in communication. And, you have to hope every person in the chain is experienced and skillful at what they do. The best scenario is to have the same individual presenting the quote actually managing the project so nothing slips through the cracks and to have an experienced, cohesive group executing the plan.
Pride – All company owners take great pride in their business. If all things work out as the business owner would like them to, their employees maintain that same sense of pride and execute their responsibilities. If it doesn’t happen, lack of pride or experience can affect the final outcome. A privately owned and operated company can offer a crew that will deliver a consistently higher quality of service. Will those less experienced or less prideful employees work on your project?
Workers Compensation Insurance – The remodeling contractors you choose should be insured to protect you against any injuries incurred on site. If workers are not insured, the home owner is liable for doctor bills, rehabilitation, etc. Or, if you have a “handy” relative or neighbor, keep in mind you are responsible for any injuries that occur in your home (assuming they have the knowledge and skill to complete your project to begin with).
When buying a service, there is always a temptation to try and trim costs. Every homeowner should be aware as the quotes decrease, at some point there is a decrease in quality.
Additionally, even if a quote is higher, it does not necessarily mean you are buying the highest quality craftsmen, materials or process.
The best way to assess the value of a quote is to review it on an item by item basis and compare, materials, fixtures, personnel and processes. This systematic approach will help you define the best value for your dollars spent and eliminate any artificially inflated quotes.
Sims Remodeling has a remodeling planning guide and contractor selection guide available to help you move forward confidently in your bathroom remodel project. We have dealt with many remodeling projects over the years and look forward to helping you create space to fit your family and its needs. Our goal is to deliver great value.
Sims Exteriors and Remodeling provides remodeling services to Madison WI, Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Deforest, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Stoughton and all other communities in south central Wisconsin.
Please call us a 608-825-4500 or email us and our remodeling contractors will help you with your remodeling project in Madison WI.