Cheap estimates are common, especially in recent times and often ultimately lead to an unhappy customer one way or another.
estimates filter in and vary in cost and information.
How do you go about choosing the tradesperson or business to use, do you just go for the cheapest price?
Whilst looking over the estimate , the first thing you should do is make sure each estimate is offering the same level of service and materials. Make sure the estimate is detailed enough and states what is actually going to be done and how it will be achieved.
This will allow you to make a true comparison and make an informed decision.
It is also worth knowing the kind of knowledge the person you are dealing with possesses, ask a few questions related to the job, do a bit of research and see if the answers are known.
Do you want to be left disappointed by the finished result due to the tradesperson cutting corners, not using the best materials or simply not knowing what they are doing?
Then there are the more practical things to consider.
Do you feel you can get along with them?
Do they have the right public liability insurance in place?
Can they provide references and do they present themselves in the correct manner?
Are they positive and committed to doing your job, do you feel they are giving expert advice?
Never ever be frightened of asking questions about how they will approach the job, after all you are paying for their expertise and skill, they should be able to display it before any hiring process is committed too.
It’s easy to be blinded by the cheapest quote, thinking you can save some money. The truth is that you are saving nothing, you are just buying yourself trouble.
Someone who has taken the time to learn a trade will respect that trade and not belittle their skills and craft.
They will respect your home and respect themselves. They will not produce unrealistic estimates that are not cost efficient in order to get the job done to the highest standards.
My advice is simple, pay for quality and service and get the job completed correctly, first time.
It is a false economy going for a cheap estimate. Go with someone who gives you confidence, will respect you and your home and not cut corners just to get the job.
A more recent trick by the cowboys and con artists which is becoming ever more frequent is “the foot in the door” technique, they give what would seem a good price but push the price up once they have started, often putting pressure on customers to committing to more work and ultimately more cost. A lot of the time the work is not even required but customers feel oblidged to commit to the work as the tradesperson has already started.