If you have scheduled an estimate or are considering it, there are many things you can do to prepare. Having an idea of the scope of your project, preparing questions to ask your estimator, ideas on materials and finishes you prefer and so much more. Here are a few of the things you should consider or make note of before the estimator arrives.
Scope of Work
You may be looking at your house and thinking about how to improve the flow, design, or use of different spaces to really personalize your home. While you do not need to know exactly what you want to have done, it is best to have an idea of what is not working (layout, design, function, etc.) so the estimator can work with you to determine the best course of action for your project. It is also a good idea to be clear on the general scope of your project (will we be looking at one or two rooms or the whole first floor, for example), your budget, and your personal design preferences so when your estimator arrives, they can let you know not only what is possible but also how it can be done, the budget needed to make it happen, and give you honest feedback as well as other you may have not considered. Estimators have seen it all and know better than anyone how spaces can be utilized and improved. They will consider your original plans and offer feedback and suggestions in order to help make your remodeling dreams come true.
To be prepared for your estimate appointment, you want to ensure you have your list of questions so your estimator can assist you the best way possible. The estimate is not only for the estimator to gather measurements and discuss the scope of work, but it is also a great time for you to have all things answered that you may not know or think you know and want clarification on. Some examples include: When can my project start? How long will my project take? Is my budget realistic? Are there any impediments to my desired outcome (for example, moving drains and pipes to relocate plumbing fixtures may be cost-prohibitive – the estimator can offer budget adjustments or possible alternatives)? If you are in a condo building or if you have an HOA, it may be a good idea to see if they have any restrictions or requirements regarding the work you are looking to have done before the estimate, that way there are no surprises once the project gets underway. These issues can be addressed during the estimate in case they add expenses or time to the scope of the project.
When preparing for a home improvement project, the materials are a big part of planning and budget considerations. It is important that you plan enough time to choose and order materials, as well as to allow for appropriate manufacturing and/or delivery times. What you may think you want might not end up being readily available or fit in with what you envisioned. Along with a wealth of materials options to choose from, you must consider the timeline for materials; due to production and retail closures and increased demand since Covid-19, some materials do have longer than normal turnaround times. Our estimators are happy to give you realistic estimated materials budgets during the estimate and, once you’ve decided to work with us, our Project Director team can assist you with everything from making appointments with materials vendors to confirming you have materials selections completed to keep your project timeline on track.
When considering a home improvement or remodeling project, keep in mind that the estimate appointment is a meeting that can set up your project for success. This meeting is not just a means to get a price for your project, but it is also your chance to evaluate the potential contractor; how does the estimator interact with you, are they knowledgeable and willing to not only listen to your wants/needs, but also offer suggestions that can add value to your home, save you money, or improve on your ideas? Being prepared for your estimate appointment is vital to make sure the potential contractor is a good fit for your project, your family, and your budget. If you are unsure of where to start looking or who to consider as your contractor, check out one of our other blog posts, Choosing the Right Home Improvement Contractor for Your Project, here on our website. While you are there take a look at our other blog posts to learn more about Beautiful Home Services and how we can help make your home improvement dreams a beautiful reality.
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