Do Remodeling Buyers Prefer an Estimate over a Proposal

Let's look at the different type of buyers who may prefer an estimate over a proposal, or vice versa.

This is the part three of three-part series of blogs discussing the difference between an estimate and a proposal. In this blog, we are going to discuss the different types of clients who may choose to go with an estimate versus a proposal.

In some cases, people who have not completed a remodel before are unaware of the challenges of that are involved in completing a remodel. They may not even know that there is a difference between an estimate and a proposal. They may not understand how an estimate can start at one cost or timeline, and double either or both the cost and the timeline by the end of the project.
Based on your experience an estimate may work better you. Perhaps, you completed a remodel or two, and like to complete the design, as well as have the time to manage or at minimum to help manage the project to completion.
With the estimate out of the way, it is time to talk about the people that want a proposal. These people want to have a solid grasp on the remodeling cost before the project begins. They want to have help with the design process. They understand the designer is there to help guide them through the remodel. They don’t want to take the time to help manage the project. This they choose to leave to the professional contractor with the thought the project has a better chance to being successful in the in the end.
In the end or the beginning, depending how you are looking at it, wanting and estimate or proposal, it is your decision. There is not a right or a wrong. This decision is based on your needs, wants, your experience, and availability.
Whether you are going with an estimate or a proposal, they will both take time to complete. With the estimate route, you will need to dedicate more of your time throughout the project. With the proposal route, design and build, most of your time will be dedicated upfront, before the project begins, in the design phase.
Excel Builders is a design and build firm serving the Minneapolis, Minnesota metro area. However, the information in these blogs is not just for our area. Take it from the pros and use this information for your next remodel, no matter where you live.
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