Updated July 15, 2021
When it comes to hiring a contractor for a home project, we always recommend getting at least three estimates.
The goal is to find a contractor who can complete your project properly at a fair price.
We understand how difficult it can be to get one quote from contractors at times, let alone three, but spending a bit more time to find the right contractor is worth it when it means avoiding expensive, stressful, and time-consuming issues down the road.
Regardless of your project size, equip yourself with enough knowledge to understand what goes into your project and make the right hiring decision.
Don’t make a quick decision based on just one or two quotes; it could end up costing you time and money.
Even if the first contractor you talk to seems competent and professional, you won’t know if they’re charging a fair price until you speak to multiple others.
Most people who have a bad contractor experience—whether it be they were overcharged or the contractor didn’t do a good job—it’s almost always because they did not get multiple bids before starting their project.
It pays to get a second, third, and fourth opinion, and doing so can save you thousands upon thousands of dollars in some cases.
Multiple estimates will give you a good idea of the average price range. (Be wary of quotes that are super high or super low; any outliers should be looked at cautiously.)
Then, using price as one of your considering factors, you can choose your contractor based on other factors:
- Communication skills and willingness to answer questions
- Professionalism and their ability to do the work
- Ability to be flexible and work with you to achieve what you want
- Whether or not they are respectful and punctual