Negotiating with contractor! Tips for bringing costs down?
October 2, 2011 1:18 PM Subscribe
I have just bought a home and want to remodel both bathrooms and paint interior before I move in. I got two bids and both were about the same. The companies both have good reviews on Angie's list and are the same size, so this makes me feel ok about the price estimated. That said, the price quoted is still a bit more than what I expected so I am wondering what suggestions people have for managing and bringing down costs.
posted by dottiechang to Home & Garden (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am interested in hearing from people that have done remodeling on their homes as well as from contractors.
For instance, I have heard that offering to pay subs directly can help.
What if I use a separate painting contractor after all work is done?
What if I offer to run around a bit for supplies and pay for materials myself? I know it is better if they place the order so we get the right quantities for things but what if I pay directly?
If the company is reputable, can paying in cash help?
Any other tips to bring costs down?
I am going to call the company I like this week to talk to them, ask if they can do any better on the price and maybe bring up any other cost saving options that I come up with here. YOUR help greatly appreciated!
Also, since I haven't moved into the house yet--do I just give the contractor the key while work is going on? I could just re-key the locks after all work is completed. I could hang out quite a bit while work is going on but a medical condition would make it hard for me to greet them at 7am every morning to let them in.