Thinking of building? Why you should pay for a quote

If you’re thinking of building your own home or extending or renovating a property, one of the first things you will need to know is how much it’s going to cost. While you can ask professionals for an estimate, you will need an accurate quote if you want to know for certain how much you need to budget for, or borrow if necessary.

You might be surprised to learn that you have to pay for a quote, but it makes sense when you think about the time and expertise involved. Here’s what you need to know if you’re wondering why you should pay for a quote.

What Is a Quote?

A quote is a written document that details the cost of work to be done. When a tradesperson writes a quote, they will include specific details, such as the cost of parts and materials and labour. You will then be able to see how much you will need to pay in total to get the job done. It is quite legitimate to be charged for a quote as preparing it takes time, effort, expertise, and resources.

Jackson Dwellings charges for a quote for the following reasons:

We Contact Trades and Suppliers for Accurate Prices

At Jackson Dwellings, you provide us with the Architectural Drawings and Structural Engineering for your project. We then send the relevant documents to local trades and suppliers in the area. The suppliers can then provide us with an accurate price for materials. That means the prices we use in our quote are the most recent and up to date. We always use local tradespeople where we can.

We Take the Time to Meet You in Person

We take the time to fully understand the plan, scope of work, site condition, and your specific wishes. Your estimator, the person who compiles your quote, will meet with you in person to discuss their cost analysis and quotation. Our quotes are detailed, transparent, and precise, and we are always happy to answer any questions you have.

We Give You Options

We give you the opportunity to consider upgrade options, cost minimisation strategies, exclusions, and special requests. For example, perhaps you have always wanted special taps, a particular stone bathroom suite or basin, or an exclusive kitchen that is more difficult to fit. With Jackson Dwellings, you can choose to minimise certain costs and upgrade areas that are important to you.

We Make Sure You’re Satisfied

When deciding on the materials and fixtures you want, we arrange for you to visit Gallerie Studio, our showroom in Port Melbourne. A member of our design team will show you the materials, appliances, fittings, and fixtures so you can see and feel them for yourself before you make your final choice.

When you ask for a quote from Jackson Dwellings, an experienced member of our team will compile a document that includes a comprehensive schedule of materials and fixtures and fittings for your project. You can then consider your next steps and whether you want to upgrade any aspect of your build. Get in touch today to find out more.

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