The first question from new renovation clients is usually: ‘Can we meet in person?’ Yes, we’d love to, but there are some things you should know before we meet. For instance, we don’t offer ‘free quotes.’ We’ve found that free quotes set the wrong expectation. We’ve replaced this with a ‘no obligation consultation.’ The difference may seem subtle, but it means everything. A quote implies a detailed, well-researched plan. Yet most free quotes are based on a contractor’s quick estimate using predetermined square foot costs instead of ‘actual cost’ calculations. And that’s where the trouble starts. Your contractor has already started taking shortcuts. We prefer never to start a relationship this way.
Homeowners are often advised to get three quotes before deciding on a contractor. While this may seem like sound advice, it really isn’t. We believe you’re better off interviewing three contractors, and then hiring the one who you trust the most and who has the best reputation.
Why? Unless you prepare a detailed specifications plan in advance, every quote you get will be based on different criteria — the old apples to oranges comparison. And some firms will often make unrealistically low bids to get jobs that they will have to recoup later in the construction phase. And that’s what drives homeowners nuts. It reinforces the old cliche: ‘Ask three carpenters to build you a doghouse, and you’ll end up with three different dog houses.’
You can avoid this dilemma by engaging a reputable firm like MAC to give you an accurate fixed project cost. This way, your final budget is based not on generic estimates or gut feels, but actual costs. Here’s how our process works:
This process ensures accurate fixed pricing and a solid time schedule. You’ll avoid the missed deadlines, hidden charges, and faulty workmanship that you hear every other homeowner complain about.