Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bids, Bids, Bids

In case you didn't catch that, it's a play on "Bills, Bills, Bills," which this endeavor is soon going to equate to. Mark and I have diligently been getting contractors out to the house, (more Mark than I, for which I am grateful,) to get quotes on all of the work that needs to be professionally done.

As much as I would like to say we're that handy, (which we hardly are,) even penny pinchers have no place abating asbestos themselves. So here's the list of what we've gotten estimates on.
  1. asbestos abatement for all ducts
  2. re-ducting, installation of A/C and heat
  3. removal of old broken garage door and installation of new one with opener
  4. re-piping sewer line from house to street

(not to mention new carpet and paint throughout)

If that doesn't sound daunting (read: expensive) to you, can I please have whatever anti-anxiety medication you're taking?

We're quickly learning that not all Joe the Plumbers, Mike the HVAC Dudes, and Larry the Garage Guys are created equal -on many fronts. I cannot stress how important it is to get multiple quotes for each job you are facing. Granted people may say, "you get what you pay for." I get that, but when all work is guaranteed (make sure of this, and check the Better Business Bureau too!) your contractor is licensed and insured (make extra sure of this,) and you have the breakdown of what the job consists of, you can easily compare. We have seen as much as $3000 difference in some of the quotes we've received!

Unfortunately for us, money is an object here. Another smart thing to do (which Mark may disagree with me on,) is ask for the "Beverly Hills" quote and the "West Hills" quote when it comes to things like A/C, and other goods involved in construction projects. While it would be nice to have the most top of the line unit, a middle of the road one with a 10-20 year warranty may suit your needs just fine.

As it stands, we're not even close to done. We have more bids coming in, but are hoping to start some of the work next week. Until then, have a great 4th of July weekend!

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