Q&A: The Cost Of Quality

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Q: Quotes per contractors can vary greatly. When choosing a tradesman, what is the best way to gauge the cost and quality of the service? - Daniel

Getting quality at a good price is hard to find. But it doesn't have to be. On your search for the right hires, focus on quality being the priority with cost in mind and follow these easy steps to narrow your options.

A: A good rule of thumb is to exclude the lowest priced estimate. I know, I know, you have a budget, but these estimates may require additional services not listed called 'extras' which could turn your once cheap project into a more expensive job than the most expensive quote. Be sure everything is listed on the estimate and find out if there is anything that could cost you more down the road. Quality = Value.

But before you go tossing estimates, get your references! This is the most important step in sourcing out your trades. Don't just check their website, make a call to your city, visit an online platform like Houzz or Angie's List, visit job sites, talk to past clients, etc. Do exactly what a boss would do when they hire staff - check and double check.

Those horror stories you hear of - those are homeowners who never did their homework, forgot references and picked the lowest quote in the pile. Yes, there are exceptions to the rule. Those times when it works out and homeowners have saved money on a hire - would you take that chance?