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Those hidden contractor fees might not be so hidden after all

October 03, 2014

Those hidden contractor fees might not be so hidden after all

So you have spent a lot of time and effort figuring out the total cost of your next home-improvement job only to find out later it’s going to cost you more than you expected. This is often the scenario many homeowners find themselves in. Going over budget when you are upgrading your home is a very common possibility.

While the homeowner may feel these costs are hidden fees most of the time this is simply not the case. Most contractors are very honest but sometimes there are factors that arise which are out of their control. There are many reasons why the price your contractor quoted you has changed. For instance, your contractor starts replacing the tiles in your bathroom floor. While they are removing the old tile they find out that the wood underneath has become water damaged and needs to be replaced.

Understanding how a remolding project actually works will help you better understand why your contractor is raising the price. Today we are going to go over some of the most common reasons an estimated price might change and what you can do to make the project go more smoothly.

Any size remodeling job has its own unique problems

Just like the above example every remodeling job has its hidden costs. But instead of your contractor padding the bill these hidden costs are due to the condition of your home. Many times when a contractor starts working on a project he or she will run into unexpected problems like water damage or mold. These materials have to be removed and replaced adding to the labor and material costs.

You have to follow the code

Most of us live in areas where there are building codes. These codes have to be followed 100% of the time because you cannot live in the home if it’s not up to code. This may add to the cost of the total project because over time building codes change. What was allowed 10 years ago might not be today so changes to your home may need to be made.

Permits have to be paid

Many homeowners don’t realize that they have to pay for permits because the contractor can’t start working. These permits are often not part of the quoted prices and may drive the cost of the job up. So it’s a wise decision to find out which permits you need and how much they are going to cost before contacting a contractor.

You want more upgrades

If you change your mind about something during the middle of a home-improvement job and there needs to be an upgrade, you are going to have to pay more. When you change something after the contractor has started the job that means they have to spend more time working. This will add labor to the total price of the job.

Work with your contractor

An open line of communication with your home contractor before, during and after the job is complete will help the job go much smoother. By asking questions and getting involved in the project you will know what’s going on and if any changes are made you will know about them ahead of time.

Are you looking for a Montreal General Contractor for your project?

If you are in need of a professional renovation contractor in the Montreal area, Dilamco Construction can help. Their team of experts is the best in the industry and they have provided homeowners excellent service for many years. No job is too big or too small so if you need work done on your home, why not let Dilamco Construction handle your needs?


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