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It’s a good idea to get more than one quote for a home improvement or home remodeling project, as quote comparisons can give homeowners more options and a better idea of what the project will really cost.

But comparing quotes can be surprisingly difficult and numbers and terms may vary a great deal in ways that the homeowner doesn’t expect. So, to help out, here’s how a homeowner like you should compare quotes properly to make the best and most informed choice possible!

Organize and Define Line Items

If a line item price doesn’t come with specifics, how do you really know what you’re getting? You won’t, and you won’t be able to easily compare it to a line item in a different document. If one quote goes into specifics and defines the exact appliance, material, or work to be done, and the other one doesn’t, you’ll need to call and get the second quote updated so there’s no ambiguity and no risk of disagreement later on.

This is just one example of how a lower priced quote may actually be a worse option, as a higher price quote may spell out all the work that has to be done correctly, while the lower option is only lower because important ‘optional’ work has been left out.

Beware Unusually Low Bids

Shopping for deals is one thing, but shopping your way out of a good quality outcome and into a disappointing, cheap mess is something else.

If one quote is significantly lower than the others on the table you should investigate. Good contractors can only win business by doing one of two things:

  •   Lowering the price of their work along with the quality of their craftsmanship and materials used
  •   Offering good value at a higher bid with higher quality workmanship and materials to back it up

It can be tempting to roll the dice on an unusually low bid, hoping for the best. But you’re gambling with your home, and the risk of disappointment is just that much bigger. You may find your project is rushed, the contractor is struggling to stay in business and won’t be around to guarantee their work in a year or two, or they may not even be operating legally.

Identify the Best Value on the Table

There’s no substitute for value. A higher quality result at a higher price is always the better option when compared to a low price hack job.

This is your home, the place where you and your family live and will be living for years to come. And if you plan on selling, a shoddy job is absolutely going to show and turn off home buyers or complicate negotiations late in the sale.

So look for a contract with the best and most complete terms, and then check that contractor out. For instance:

  •   Do they have a robust online presence, complete with a portfolio and positive reviews?
  •   Are they active in responding to their customers on public forums and addressing any complaints?
  •   Do they care about their business enough to have invested in good marketing and website design?
  •   Do they have a full schedule—are they busy and thriving?
  •   Are they willing to meet you where you’re at and work with you to give you the result you deserve at a fair and honest price?

If you’re looking to work with a home remodeling contractor in Fort Collins, check our work. If you would like a free home remodeling quote, give us a call at 970-691-6995 or send us a message at artisanremodels@gmail.com. Artisan Remodeling and Design would love to work with you and you’ll get our very best, guaranteed!

Yes, spring is just around the corner—and with our weather, there are many days when you feel that it’s already here! It’s time to tackle all those “preventive maintenance” things that are needed to keep your home in good shape. The items on this checklist can easily be handled by a one-day visit from our Fort Collins Handyman, so give us a call and let us help!

Our Fort Collins Handyman Services Include:

  • Attic – check and clean your attic’s power vents, as well as inspecting all screens for damage before birds start hunting for spring nesting spaces!
  • Exterior of the house – check for any holes in the exterior wall surface, through which animals might enter the fabric of your house. If you removed any downspout extensions for the winter, now is the time to reinstall them.
  • Decking – spring is the time to refinish your decking—providing it’s been dry for a few days—so that your deck is sealed before the sun hits summer strength.
  • Air Conditioner or Evaporative Cooler – last fall you probably were more focused on Thanksgiving than on giving thanks for this machine, but now would be a very good time to clean and prepare your machines for the summer. Take time to make sure there’s no damage to lines or insulation.
  • Outdoor structures – was there snow, ice or wind damage to any part of your outdoor living space this winter? If so, we can fix it.

So are you ready for spring, Fort Collins? We’re glad to help, so contact us today and schedule a visit from our handyman!

Maybe you have a home remodeling project or restoration that you have been putting off. Maybe it is time to transform your kitchen into the one your wife has dreamed of for years. The Importance of Hiring a Licensed and Insured General Contractor is often overlooked. Many customers hire contractors based on low bids or offers. Do not fall into this trap!

Here are some issues to think about when hiring a contractor or Fort Collins remodeling company:

  • If an uninsured worker gets an injury working on your property you can get sued for liability and may have to pay for medical bills.
  • If the contractor is not licensed and insured then you have no recourse if you are not satisfied with the results.
  • Oftentimes uninsured and unlicensed remodeling companies cut corners that wouldn’t pass an inspection.
  • In some cities and states it is illegal to hire an unlicensed or uninsured contractor.
  • You can be responsible for paying taxes for the work done that should be paid by the contractor.
  • Many homeowners’ insurance companies will decline a claim if the work was not performed by a licensed and insured company.

There are many reasons why you should only hire a licensed and insured general contractor. At Artisan Remodeling and Repair we are fully licensed and insured in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Johnstown, and Larimer County. Plus, we’re BBB and Angie’s List  accredited with an A rating in both. We proudly offer services ranging from bathroom and kitchen remodeling to basic home repair, and we are the basement finishing professionals in the area that you can count on.

No project is too big or too small. No matter what your dreams and designs are, or even if you don’t know what you want to do with the space you have, contact us today and we will sit down with you and make your dreams become reality! You will love our project planning and we guarantee your satisfaction.