Should I have my own bid sheets when contractors start to come and give quotes? What else should I do to prepare for this? We either want to do an extensive add on or build new.....
Most contractors have their own bid sheets (we do)and wouldn't use yours anyway. It is a good idea to have an itemized list of what you expect from your contractor. Sometimes things can be misunderstood or inadvertantly left out. You could compare your reference list with the quote, or even ask that it be signed and dated along with the quote.
Thanks Trevor, I was doing my research and came across bid sheets to buy. That threw me for a loop. I figured that contractors would have their own!
You will need a Permit for your project; therefore you will need proper drawings and an engineers stamp.An architect /licensed draughtsman is required to apply for the permit.They will provide you with "permit" drawings so that you can have contractors bid on the project.A list of specifications is mandatory, since the cost of the project is in the detail.When the permit is issued, the contractor that you have chosen, will alter his price based on the changes that the city has made.
You should do as much homework re: specifics as possible. this reduces costs.
If this is not possible, then hire an interior designer to assist you. The money spent on these two professionals will save you money, time, and aggravation.
I think I also replied to another question that you posted as well.
Jim Gray is correct that hiring an interior designer may in the long run save you money.
Permit drawings usually do not have any details regarding the quality of finishes and these are quite frankly where budgets can get out of hand.
Contractors do have their own bid sheets. I am sure that even if you provide them your bid sheets, they will not use it. It is important though that you should prepare your own list of requirements and later on compare to the bid sheets that your prospective contractors present to you.
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