When you need work done in your home, you probably look online for recommendations, ask your friends or neighbors, scour this newspaper for ads or advice, and then make a call or send an email to a local contractor (like me!). These are the first steps in your project and they lead to the next important step: getting an estimate.
When contractors come see your project, they take many things in mind. What room will the work be done in, what equipment will be needed, how big is the area, what does the client want to see…and the list goes on! Out of all those considerations, your contractor puts a quote together to share with you.
When you look at the estimate, you should be paying close attention to what’s in the entire estimate, not just the cost! While the cost is a factor, of course, the saying is true: You get what you pay for! If you receive an estimate with no details and only a fee, it’s probable the person wasn’t paying attention to the details, which means they may not pay attention to the details if you hire them to do the work. If the cost seems too good to be true, it probably is!
Make sure your estimate has the exact nature of the work you asked the contractor to quote, with details that tell you exactly what they’re going to do, how they’re going to do it, how long the project may take, and what it will cost. Pay attention to the details: does the quote include all labor and all materials, or are you responsible for some materials? Ensure you know what you’re paying for so there are no surprises! And of course, ask questions! I expect my clients to have a conversation with me after they review our estimate, so they can ask questions and gain clarity before we kick off their project!
If you’re looking for an estimate on a home project, just reach out to me at MrTileNC@gmail.com, call us at 704-256-3750 or visit our website tileandhome.com. I’m happy to provide a detailed estimate so you can know exactly how I can help you with your upcoming home project!