Competitive Bidding – How to Avoid the Pitfalls

by | Mar 9, 2017 | Home Remodeling

Roeser Home Remodeling of St. Louis knows that in today’s world there is competition. It exists everywhere you look… from politics, to sports teams, cosmetics, and internet search engines. Everybody wants to be the best, to be on top, and to be the winner!

The home remodeling industry is no exception. Of course, Roeser Home Remodeling wants to be your first and only choice in a home remodeling project. Does that mean we don’t expect competition? No. We know you want the best value for your home remodeling dollar. You work hard for your money and you deserve the best. At Roeser Home Remodeling of St. Louis, that is what we strive to give you. The best service, the best workmanship, the best craftsmanship, and the best value, for all your home remodeling needs.

So, what is this competitive bidding and how do you avoid the pitfalls when it comes to home remodeling projects? You probably have heard from parents, grandparents, and any who will offer you advice, that the rule of thumb is to obtain at least three bids for your home remodeling project before you decide which contractor is right for you.

Let’s think about that for a minute. To obtain three comparable bids for your home remodeling project, all three of the prospective companies will need to be on the same page. All three home remodeling contractors must understand the details of your home remodeling project, what you want as a homeowner, your budget, and your tastes. For there to be a fair comparison or competitive bid, you must compare “apples to apples”.

For the bids to have meaning, every detail must be spelled out to you. For instance, what fixtures, products, appliances, and manufacturers does each home remodeler plan to use? If one is planning on using a less warrantied or reputable product, then that should be noted when obtaining the comparison. Otherwise, prices might be lower or higher without knowing why there is a discrepancy. As a homeowner, maybe you prefer a lower price, but you at least deserve to know what you are getting. Beware of undefined items in any bid you receive.

In a perfect world, each bidder would use the same bid sheet. Sometimes, you can obtain one from an architect that each home remodeler will agree to use. This would certainly make it easier to compare “apples to apples”. Before making any final decisions regarding which home remodeling company you pick, it is wise to meet with each one a final time and go over the bid, ask any clarifying questions, and make sure you are a good fit for working together.

Another pitfall to avoid is neglecting to check the reputation of a prospective home remodeler. As a home owner, you want to ask for references, check on the BBB rating, Angie’s List, and most importantly family and friends that can give a good referral for a home remodeling company.

Roeser Home Remodeling company will be happy to meet with you and compare “apples to apples” for any home remodeling project. We are locally owned and operated in the St. Louis area, and have an excellent reputation among clients and peers. We offer whole home remodeling, kitchen, bathroom, master suite, additions and even closet remodeling! Give us a call today and let us prove to you that we provide only the best when it comes to competitive bidding.