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Thereisalong-standingexpectationinthisindustrythatallcontractorsshouldgivefreeestimates.Asaresultlittleworkactuallygoesintotheinitialestimate.Hereinliestheproblem.Somecon-tractorsguessanestimateormakealowbidtogettheirfootinthedoor.Asaresulttheconsumerchoosesthelowestimatebecauseheorshetruststhatthecontractoractuallyputalotoftimeandenergyintoquotingtheirproject.ButistheestimatereallyfreeSeriouslywhoworksforfreeIdontknowtoomanypeoplewhoarewillingtoproducequalityproductsfornocost.Thefactispeopledontworkforfreeespe-ciallybusinessowners.Iftheydotheytypicallyarentinbusinessforlong.Someonewilleventuallypayforthatfreeestimateinonewayoranother.Whetheritistheoneoutoftenhomeownersthatacceptanestimateandstartaprojectorthecontractorwhogoesoutofbusinessbecausehedidntchargeforhistime.Someoneendsuppayingforthefreecost.Inmostcasesitisbuiltintothesellingpriceoftheproject.Sofreeformanyispaidforbyafew.Worstcaseandthemostcommonscenarioisthatthepricewepayforafreeestimateisapoorlyplannedinaccuratelypricedmessofaprojectwhichresultsindisappointmentandsometimesthehomeownerhavingtohireasecondcontractortocorrectwhatshouldhavebeendonerightthersttime.6COLLeCTiNGBiDsORFREEESTIMATESsomonwllvntuallypayforthatfrtmatnonwayoranothr