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WheredohomeownersgowrongMostpeoplebelievetheadvicethatyoushouldcollectthreefreeestimatesorbids.Thisisananti-quatedmethodforselectingacontractor.Weliveinadierentculturetoday.Peopledonothavethetimetobeinconveniencedlongerthantheyshouldorhavetocorrectworkthatshouldhavebeendonerightthefrsttime.Byusingthethreebidselectionprocessonetypicallybasestheirdecisiononcost.TheresultsofthiscanleadtoacatastropheinyourhomeApplestoapplescomparisonWhyisthiswrongMosthomeownersmaketheirdecisionbasedoncomparingestimates.Itsnotthatthisiswrongitsjustextremelyhardifnotimpossibletodo.Theproblemwiththisisthatthereisnoindustrystandardforestimatingaprojectandallcontractorsoerdierentlevelsofservice.Plusthereisnotonecompanyalike.Inadditiontothisthetypicalfreeestimateisbasedonaonetotwohourvisittothehomeandatonofincompleteinformationcausingahorriblyinaccuratebid.Overallitisimpossibletodoatrueapplestoapplescomparison.SowhycompareestimatesatallHowshouldcontractorsbecomparedWerecommendgettingballparkpricerangesoraverageprojectcostsfromacontractortomakesuretheyftyourdesiredinvest-mentcriteria.Theninterviewthecontractorbasedontheirlevelofservice.Yourprojectcostwillbedierentfromanyotherprojecttotalbecauseyourprojectisdierentthananyotherproject.Soaslongasthecontractorissomewhereinyourpricerangespendtimeinterviewingthecontractorhimself.Afterallyouwillbespendingthenextseveralweeksandmonthsworkingwiththisindividualorcompany.Itwouldbebesttomakesurethattheymeetyourexpectationsandthatthetwoofyouareabletoclearlycommunicate.5