Top 7 Questions To Ask When Hiring a Contractor
By: Chris Herath
Hiring Tip #3: Is the Bid Itemized?
Getting a detailed, itemized bid allows you to compare different bids based upon what is being charged in both labor and materials for each part of the job.
Many contractors will give a price for the entire project, but it’s important to also know what is being charged for each part of the job, along with the type of materials and any maximum allowances for specific items.
For example, if you hire a contractor to build a deck with white vinyl rails, and you end up deciding upon wood rails, the overall price should come down. Without an itemized bid, you will not know what the difference in price should be.
Having itemized bids also makes it easier to compare bids from different contractors. If a contractor submits a much higher or lower price than other bids, an itemized bid will allow you to see why.
Providing a itemized bid is not that difficult for the contractor to do, and it’s important for protecting both you and the contractor against misunderstandings. If a contractor refuses to provide an itemized bid, it may be best to look elsewhere.