5 useful tips to find remodeling contractors at bargain prices
Contractor fees are not cheap and finding the best deals on labor takes patience and persistence. Unlike products available in the market, which we feel and evaluate before buying, contractors sell a service which is intangible and therefore it is difficult to compare contractors solely by their price quotes unless they are reputable. There are, however certain tips and tricks you can use to get contractors to discount their prices heavily for the privilege of getting your job.
When a new company is started they are badly on lookout for work. If you do your homework you can save substantial contractor fees. Many of these contractors are skilled and have a long experience working under other contractors. It’s just that they are new to owning their own business and are looking to build its reputation.
What to do in homework? Make sure the business is licensed and is insured. If possible ask someone who may have used their services in the past. Trust is another factor which you can rely on .Speak to the owner and follow your gut!
Don’t think you cannot negotiate with contractors. Their dealings are just like any other human business transactions. Contractors do build a buffer on their prices so that they can negotiate. As a general rule many contractors (not all) add 5% to their quotes. If you have a $20,000 remodeling project, a 5 % saving can be awesome! Try and ask, most homeowners never even try. If a contractor has slack of work he would be willing to lower his fees.
A reference job is a project that a contractor can show to his prospective customers. If appointments can be scheduled with the homeowners of completed jobs, it can help close more sales for him. Reference works are pretty hard to come by for contractors. If you agree to act as a reference work you can benefit in two ways: Firstly you can negotiate a lower price and secondly you can be assured the contractor would give in his best. After all his future sales are at stake!
All contractors are on lookout for
Since fill-in jobs are valuable to contractors you can often negotiate for a lower price if you are willing to allow your work to be a fill-in job. However make note that fill in jobs are not suitable for all kinds of remodeling jobs. They work best when the project completion does not have a direct impact on you. Therefore flooring the backyard can be a good fill in project but kitchen remodeling may become bothersome as you would need the kitchen as soon as possible.
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