It’s no secret that budgeting and hiring are two of the biggest stressors when it comes to home renovation, and a big part of hiring has to do with budget – which contractor is going to do the best job, without overcharging? That’s where the bidding process comes in. It sounds simple enough – tell the people you’re considering hiring what you want, they crunch some numbers, and then you pick the best option (note: best, not cheapest). But there are some inherent problems with this simplified bidding process and, if left unaddressed, they could result in costly surprises. Fortunately, there is a new, easy way to streamline this process and get bids on your home renovation project.
Bidding process basics
Once you’ve decided to renovate, you’ll want to follow a process to make sure you’re prepared and to eliminate surprises. Part of that process involves determining if your project warrants having plans drawn up by an architect, engineer, or draftsperson (this is a good idea if you’re a little unclear on what you want or your project is fairly in-depth). Many contractors can provide simple/smaller-scale plan drawing services. This is a solid option when you’re conducting a smaller-scale project or if you already have a detailed picture in your mind of your desired end result.
Once you have your plans, it’s time to go shopping. The general rule of thumb is to get bids from three contractors, and evaluate from there. Bids aren’t simple project appraisals – a contractor has to contact his/her subcontractors, evaluate the cost of the materials that the homeowner wants to use (for example, you’ll want to make sure all of your potential hires are bidding with granite countertops in mind, not less-expensive laminate), and take his/her own fees into account.
Avoiding the telephone game
Of course, it’s essential that you provide exactly the same information to every contractor you send a request for proposal to. However, this process can easily go the way of the childhood game of telephone – where you start out with one set of information, but it’s interpreted differently. The best way to avoid this is to be as detailed as you possibly can be, select your finish levels ahead of time (high-end plumbing fixtures, mid-level flooring, etc.) and if one potential hire asks a follow-up question, make sure that info is relayed to the others.
Sound like a bit of a headache? It definitely can be. That’s why we at Kukun created the Quote Request feature. Instead of making copies of photos and lists of reno specifics on notepads, then trying to convey it all to three different people, you can create a detailed project plan with our Personalized Estimate feature. Choose from 29 different project types, select different finish levels for every element – from HVAC to paint – of your project, type in your address (don’t worry, we won’t share), and our first-of-its-kind algorithm will provide a cost estimate tailored to your project. You can even add inspiring photos to your estimate, making it easier to convey what you’d like the finished project to look like.
From there, click the Next Steps icon, and select the Create a Quote Request option. Follow the prompts, and you’ll end up with a simple RFQ that you can easily email to any renovation professional, right from Kukun’s platform. The recipients will get the basic info in an email, along with an option to contact you. Have questions about your project? Click the Consult a Pro icon, and one of the members of the Kukun Professional Network will be in touch.
Getting bids on your home renovation project can make the process stressful long before any walls start coming down. By using Kukun’s Quote Request feature, each contractor you’re thinking of hiring will receive the same information, so you can compare apples to apples and create your dream home faster. Get started today by creating your personalized renovation cost estimate – free for a limited time.