So, you’ve settled into your dream home. You didn’t want a new house; you wanted something with some 20th Century charm, and you got it. It will need a bit of work, though, and that’s something you will need to plan for. Hiring a contractor to do the bigger jobs is always a good idea, and here are some tips on how to get the best price:
- NEGOTIATE! You can always negotiate with a contractor. Just make sure you do it without making it feel like a negotiation! Asking for a lower price for someone’s work is different than buying a car or computer and can be insulting. Be fair, and let the contractor know that you value his or her expertise and professional product, but also that you want to get the best price you can reasonably expect.
- GET MULTIPLE BIDS. You will want to talk to at least three different contractors; they will expect you to do this. This will help keep the price competitive and sends the message that you are concerned with price and that if they want your business, they will give you the best price possible. Do hire the one with the best reputation, but this way you know you will have gotten a fair deal.
- SWEAT EQUITY. Don’t be afraid to do some of the work yourself. If you are at all handy, you may be able to knock off a portion of the job yourself and will be able to ask your contractor to adjust the price accordingly. Painting is a job most of us can do, and do well, so that would be a perfect project for DIY. Landscaping is another area that homeowners often can, and like to, do themselves. Any of these could easily slash hundreds or thousands of dollars off the final project price.
Do you have renovation plans? Call us here at Ascension General Contractors to talk it over. Our phone number is (615) 750 2335, or you can visit our website: Ascension General Contractors