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Posted by: from Guelph
2/17/2010 at 4:26:37 AM

Should they cost?? Why are contractors charging me for a correct estimate. I would like to expand out my kitchen, knocking out the outside wall, into the backyard. I have a contractor wanting to charge me he says, between 1000 and 1500. I have never heard of this? In todays economy you would think spending a bit of time for a 60,000 dollar project would be worth the coin.

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Date/Time2/17/2010 at 5:16:55 PM

Hi Melinda,

There should be no reason for being charged for an estimate. The only reason I can see this happening is if you had asked the contractor to dedicate additional time to your project. Example.. a project design was created for you at your request and actual time was spent preparing the drawings for you by the contractor or designer in order to set the final budget/costs. That would be considered a service rendered and would most likely be discussed with you first. Otherwise, estimates (ballpark or accurate) are typically free of charge unless otherwise specified in the onset by a company.

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Date/Time2/17/2010 at 7:52:18 PM

Hello Melinda, Andrew is right. There must be something more you are asking these contractor's to do other than just quote on a set of Drawings. Are you asking these contractors to come up with a design and draw up blueprints for the city to approval? Do they need to spend time going over material,cabinet type,counter top choices.....Most Contractors will provide this service once the contract is sign otherwise they feel you will just get pick there brains for ideas and give the job to someone who is willing to work cheaper. If you are asking a contractor-desiner for final design plan's $1000-$1500 for there time is a fair price.


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Ken Mollan Contracting in Surrey
Date/Time2/20/2010 at 7:36:38 PM

Have to agree with previous two posts. Get some other estimates done.

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Canada's Restoration Services in Laval
Date/Time3/16/2010 at 2:47:07 PM

There is no reason to charge for an estimate. We would be more than happy to provide you with a complete estimate free of charge. Please contact me directly.

Thank you,

Roberto Lamas

911 Restoration Canada Inc.

(416) 649-0911

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