What is one of the first thoughts that cross your mind when you realize that its time for any project to be done to your home? How much is it going to cost. From patching a hole in your wall to installing a new roof, everything comes with a price tag.
Should the price be one of your biggest concerns? After all is said and done, the price should be on the end of your list of concerns. At some point in your home-ownership there is going to be some type of project in order to protect your home and keep it safe from either the elements of nature or safety issues concerning plumbing, wiring, structure, ect.. If you never encounter a large project, go to the casino and put it all on black cause you are one lucky person! A peace of mind, pride of ownership and adding value to the biggest investment of your life, should be the top priorities with price coming in last.
It is strongly suggested that you have a few contractors come in a submit a quote on your project, just so you have a solid idea of your price range and options. Go over each quote carefully, it should be broken down and very specific. Ensure the correct material and procedure is being followed by each contractor. If you do not understand something, call and ask. Most of the time the total price with vary depending on what material is being used. For instance: when Ota Construction installs a new roof we install 6 feet of ice and water shield, ice and water shield around all roof penetrations and abutments, 15 pound felt paper, 8 inch drip edge, CertainTeed starter strips around the entire perimeter, and a lifetime CertainTeed shingle. We DO NOT cheap out on material and we do not over engineer on any of our projects.
Most important, go with your instinct and choose the contractor you feel most comfortable with. You are not just entering into a project, you are now entering into a relationship with that specific contractor and this relationship is paramount. From a roof to a kitchen, if anything goes wrong from day one to day 365, the contractor you choose is the guy you will have to call.
Is it best to go with the cheapest? Ask around and I’m sure you know someone who was burned from a cheap quote. Every contractor pays the same amount for material, so either they do not know how to properly estimate a job or they are going the cheap route with material. Or even worse its a plan to get their foot in the door and the price will continuously rise as the project moves forward due to “un-foreseen problems.”
Look for a clean cut, straight forward, ethical contractor. Anyone can buy a pick-up truck and ladders but not everyone can conduct business in a professional manner.
The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of a cheap price is forgotten…..