How to Obtain Consistent and Accurate Home Construction Bids
By Mark J. Donovan
||One of the key phases of any new home construction or home addition project is soliciting home construction bids from home building contractors. Obtaining home construction bids can be a difficult and confusing process however there are some steps you can take to make your life easier when it comes to evaluating construction bids.
Use Blueprints or Drawings when Soliciting Home Construction Bids
One of the best ways to get consistent and accurate home construction bids is to present each potential home building contractor with a complete set of blueprints or drawings to bid on.
This way there should be nothing left to chance and the use of contractor allowances prevented. Home building contractors frequently use contractor allowances for items that are TBD. The use of contractor allowances never seem to work to the homeowners advantage, so do not accept home construction bids that include contractor allowances.
Make Sure Home Construction Bids are Itemized for Each Phase of the Project
For large and complex home improvement projects such as new home construction, home construction bids should be itemized for each phase of the project. This way you can make apple-to-apple comparisons for each phase of the project. You can also see if anything has been left out in the construction bid.
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