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Deciding who to hire

Builders should be allowed adequate time to prepare a quote for your project and you must ensure that each builder is working with the same plans and specifications. It may be helpful for the builder to present their quote in person, so that they can discuss each aspect with you and answer any question you may have. Once you have met with the builders who are quoting on your job, you should review each set of quote documents carefully before deciding who to hire.

  • You should compare every aspect of their quotes – the description of the work, specifications (materials and products), price and allowances, deposit and payment milestones, project schedule and any additional recommendations or ideas for your project.
  • You should also review the information you collected during and after your initial round of builder interviews – your initial impressions of each builder and what their previous customers had to say about them.

You must decide on the importance of each aspect of your evaluation. While overall price is important, it is only one factor. Many homeowners who have successfully completed major home renovations speak about the importance of ‘peace of mind’ – working with a builder they trusted and felt confident in.

If you have a particularly strong sense of confidence in one builder, they are probably your best choice, even if their price is not the lowest. In the end, you should choose the builder based on your sense of the overall value they can provide to you.

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