BUILDING COSTS / BIDS

A builder can usually provide a "ball park" figure for average costs per square foot when the style and size of a home is known and a basic idea of what you are looking for with regards to finishing the home. Variables to this figure are site development costs and type of finish. Beware of "ball park" figures if you have not discussed how the home is to be finished. Most builders set allowances for items such as appliances, flooring, lighting, tile etc. These allowances, as well as material choices such as siding, roofing, windows etc. play a role in that "ball park" figure. Before a firm bid or even a "ball park" figure can be given, a contractor must know what you generally expect to see in your home. When we have a general idea of what you would like to see in your home, we will give you a general idea of cost. Before you request a bid, take the time to list or discuss in detail your specifications. (Example: Cabinets; cherry wood, "Lazy Susan" in both upper and lower corner cabinets, etc.) It is always best to be as thorough as possible. Make as many of the major decisions as possible (siding materials, flooring types etc.) prior to construction. By making decisions early you avoid potentially costly "Change Orders" or "Additions" later. For Example: If you originally have the kitchen bid for vinyl flooring and then later change to hardwood, you will incur the cost difference in materials and installation labor, the cost to remove the underlayment for the vinyl that has already been installed, disposal of it and installation of the correct material. In addition, many builders charge a "Change Order" or "Additions" fee. We devote all the time necessary to make sure the bid we propose to you is complete and any changes which may arise are usually so minor, we have never imposed any type of change fee. By having a complete specifications list we can assure you, when the home is completed it will not exceed the originally quoted contract price. When we submit a bid for your review, we also include the contract as well. This gives you an entire package to review carefully. You must assume in all cases, if something you want included in the bid is NOT listed on the specifications, it is NOT included in the price. Most bids are guaranteed for 30 days. If you so desire, you can now take the plan and a list of specifications for a second bid. When reviewing bids, carefully compare the specifications for each line item listed (Cabinets, Flooring, Insulation, etc.). If there is a significant difference in line item costs, question BOTH builders WHY? In today's market there is a large variety of materials available varying in quality and cost. To accurately compare bids, you must make sure you are comparing "apples to apples".




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