Apples Vs. Oranges: Why Competitive Bidding Is Not the Best Way to Hire a Home Remodeling Contractor

When it comes to major remodeling projects, searching for the best price is often a path to big problems. If you don’t have a complete set of plans for each of the contractors to look at in order to get an apples-to-apples bid, each contractor will give his bid in his style. The honorable contractor will include everything so he doesn’t have the stress of having to keep telling you the cost is going up during the project, while a shady contractor will lowball the bid by leaving out items for you to supply—like fans, towel bars and other fixtures—so his bid will appear lower. You will soon figure out the project costs what it costs, usually when it’s too late to do anything about it. Often the lowball project not only ends up costing more, but is also more stressful to live through, and ends up not as well-built. Read more