Heads up on remodel and home improvement bids

By
Real Estate Agent with Alain Pinel Realtors

I recently gathered several bids for some work for a listing that i hope to have on the market in January.  On the floor coverings bid, as with the other contractors on other jobs, i previewed approximate costs on the phone and got the ballpark figures i was looking for.  The floor guy come out, we met at the house, he did some measuring and said he would get back to me.  Per his phone converstation ballpark quote, i expected the job to cost $1650 so yes, i was rather disappointed and surprised when the bid came in at $3777. 

What happened?  Although i asked for the fully installed price during my phone interview, i did not specifically ask about floor prep work... My bad? (as my son would say).  Is it fair to get hit with this major discrepancy even when i ask for the full cost, installation included? "Oh, i thought you knew that there would be an additional charge to remove the old flooring and ..."

Ouch-- it hurts even more than usual because i had called the owner and told him the ballpark numbers i expected for the repairs-- double ouch...

So, Be careful out there-- take a lesson from this post and don't get beat up by the contractors.

Comments (2)

Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552
Douglas, the contractor could have saved you some embarrassment if he had merely asked you if the old flooring would be removed by the owner, or whether the contractor would have to do it himself.  (Of course, next time, you'll know to ask the question...)
Dec 03, 2007 12:44 PM
Sal Poliandro - NJ Bergen County Realtor
RE/MAX Properties - Ridgewood, NJ
Broker Associate
Douglas - This is some great advice that I will truly take to heart.  I had a similar experience happen not too long ago.  I guess next time we'll both know!
Dec 07, 2007 10:28 AM