on 3/4/2019 5:53:03 AM
Bid bids bids I can’t stress enough how important it is to get multiple bids. I’ve been in the trades for almost 20 years as a plumber and I know that getting multiple bids is important. I didn’t really realize how important it was until I started building my own house. It is crazy the disparities that I was getting between bids. Let me preface this with the fact that I live in northern Colorado one of the hottest places in the United States for building right now. Whole neighborhoods are popping up in 6 to 8 months it is crazy there’s so many contractors running around and so many of them that are not good. I was getting bids, no less than three for each thing that I was not doing myself on the house and also getting bids on materials for the things that I am doing on the house myself. I found that The contractors and people that I’ve worked with for years end up being my highest price bids. Not sure if it was because they saw the house and thought he can afford it. Not realizing that the only reason I can afford it is because I’m doing my due diligence in making sure I’m getting everything for the right price and done right. For example I got two bids from electrical companies that I’ve worked with for years they were both 10k higher than a reputable company that I’ve never worked with that I called out of the blue. Concrete this was the biggest one I got one bid for 125,000 and another bid For 70,000 both of them on paper looked almost the same but the 125,000 one had a ton of fine print. It started at 70,000 but nothing was included like the pump truck rental, the gravel for underneath all the flat work and also the flatwork was priced per square foot and not a total given on the bid. Pretty much every other thing followed suit as well I was getting bids for everything and I would get three prices that were completely different. Some of them were explainable because people left things out or took the liberty of adding things in that I didn’t specify. I can’t stress enough how important it is to get multiple prices check everybody’s prices and be very specific on what you want and how you want it done it takes a little longer and a lot more time on the phone but it saves you a ton of money in the end. I have saved around $175,000 just by making phone calls pretty insane when you add all that up if I would’ve been lazy and only take in the first price I’d never be able to finish this House.
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Lots of pics there now and lots more to come as we start the finish work inside which crazy as I am I am doing most of that myself. Except the painting no way I’m touching that!
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