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Monday, January 31, 2011

Three Bid Myth

I found this article from a Corvallis, OR newspaper. My experience is very similar to the author's and I strongly recommend his advice to all our clients.

The Three Bid Myth

As published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times
By Tom Powell

I was at Safeway the other day and picked up a copy of "Kitchen Remodeling for Dummies." I have to say, I was curious to read the advice the publication was offering. Not surprisingly it advocated getting three bids. "Be sure that all three contractors work from the same materials and labor list. You want to compare apples to apples."

This is a good concept in theory, but there are a few significant problems with it. First, it assumes that you have enough information about the project to be sure that all three contractors are quoting the same thing. Second, it assumes that you have confidence that the contractors will stick to their "estimates". Third, it assumes that price is the most important factor in selecting your contractor.

So here's how the scenario works. You invite three contractors to your home to get estimates on remodeling your kitchen. You have an idea of what you want or even a sketch. Each contractor will have different ideas and bid the project accordingly. Everything from the cabinet layout to the countertop to the brand of faucet may vary, if they are planned for at all. How then do you "compare apples to apples" with any level of confidence?

Three bids only give the illusion of providing a thorough comparison. Without drawings and specifications it is impossible to know what is included in the project. I can't tell you how many times I've heard horror stories of a homeowner finding out that the final project cost did not even remotely reflect the original bid.

I encourage you to interview multiple contractors and call their references. Make your choice based on comfort level, experience, and reputation rather than nebulous bids. Work in partnership with your qualified design/build company to develop a design and project that meets your needs and your budget.

To discuss your upcoming project needs or new home ideas. Give us a call to schedule an appointment (801) 472-1211


Matthew Harper

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Early Spring Promotion

The warmer weather the past few weeks here in Utah has started people thinking about their upcoming home improvement, remodeling, and renovation projects. We have seen an increase in clients wanting to start the budgeting and design process. We appreciate all our clients and their patronage.

In an effort to show our appreciation to our clients we are offering an "early spring" project incentive. Schedule your remodeling or addition project with us before February 25, 2011 and we will provide project design services and plans free of charge. For more information contact us at (801) 472-1211.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Updated Energy Star Program

With new advances in building technology and products the national Energy Star certification program is being updated to provide more energy efficient standards. The new standards if followed properly will increase a home's energy efficiency significantly of standard building methods.

We have been reviewing the updated program and decided to partner with EnviroWise Consulting, an independent certification and consulting firm to bring the added value of a more energy efficient home to our clients without increase building costs. Its an integrated approach to building the entire structure from the ground up maximizing resources and efficiency and minimizing waste.

We will post additional information for you to learn more about the updated program in the coming days.