When shopping around for a quote there are a few things to remember.
- Be as specific as possible with your plans and requirements. This helps to ensure an accurate quotation. Make sure you give each contractor the same specifications, so that the quotes can be compared equally. It is a good idea to write a job brief, which sets out exactly what you want – if you don’t specify exactly what you want the quotes may vary greatly.
- Don’t accept the first quote you receive. You should always get a least three written quotes from registered and professional tradespeople.
- Compare the quotes, view previous work or jobs from each builder and, if possible, speak with past clients.
Most importantly, remember the cheapest quote is not always the best option. Choose a builder who is experienced and who you can trust to undertake and deliver the quality of work you want.
Choosing the right builder or trade contractor is a big decision that only you can make. Do your research and remember, that there are benefits for building with a Master Builders member.
Once you have three quotes and have found a builder or tradie, you should understand the importance of contracts and variations before you begin any work.