So, you are ready to choose a contractor for that home improvement project? New siding, windows, basement or kitchen remodel? Maybe your roof is not going to make through another Spokane Winter? Alpine Construction wants you to choose the best contractor for your job – and we are confident in our ability to get that job done – on time and on budget! Call us today for a no obligation site visit – 509-448-8099.
The Lowest Bidder
It is unwise to pay too much,but it is worse to pay too little.When you pay too much you lose a little money…. that is all. When you pay too little you sometimes lose everything because what you bought was incapable of doing what it was bought to do.
The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot … it can’t be done!
If you deal with the lowest bidder it is well to add something for the risk you run and if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.
Quote from John Ruskin 1819 -1900
Following are some tips to help you choose the right contractor for your project!
From www.bhg.com – Original article is here
Comparative shopping is easy when you’re dealing with shoes or cars or fruit. But when the item up for bid is a remodeling project, well … let’s just say it’s apples and oranges.
It takes a dozen hours or more for remodelers to create a design, draw up a building plan, and extrapolate a fair price for the project—all with no guarantee that they’ll actually get the job. That’s why most remodelers won’t provide written quotes until you have paid an up-front design fee. This usually ranges from $1,000 to $2,500, but it may be lower if you already have a set of architectural blueprints.
In some cases, contractors may be willing to offer verbal estimates, but these may be less accurate than a written quote.
Remodeling costs fluctuate greatly depending on numerous factors, all affected by the remodelers’ business style and vision for the project. Every remodeler is going to have a different way of looking at things, so the bottom line is going to be different.
Some of the variables include the following:
Windows: A remodeler who specifies stock vinyl windows might budget less than $75 per window. One who prefers custom wood windows may allocate 10 times as much.
Lumber: A project’s lumber tab differs for a variety of reasons. How many of the boards are treated? What are the dimensions? Is the contractor calling for engineered beams rather than traditional boards? Do plans call for framing the wall with 2x4s or 2x6s? Load-bearing capacity, insulation requirements, and aesthetics are just some of the factors that determine the type—and therefore the cost—of the lumber a remodeler uses.
Siding: A remodeler’s ideas for your home’s exterior significantly affect the ultimate price. Vinyl siding or aluminum siding is cheaper than wood; wood is cheaper than brick or stone.
Roofing: The remodeler’s specified roofing material is a big part of the budget. Keep in mind that ornamental features, including gables and dormers, also add to the cost.
Foundations: Additions must be supported by a foundation, which varies in cost depending on its depth and materials. A poured-concrete foundation, for example, costs half as much as stacked blocks.
Mechanicals: Choices about the heating and cooling setup have a big budgetary effect, as does the number of plumbing and electrical fixtures.
Doors: Don’t overlook the cost of doors. Unless your remodeler plans to install hollow-core, prehung doors, you’ll pay hundreds of dollars for each one. If the remodeler specifies exotic woods and custom hardware, the budget could include thousands for each door.
Details: The best remodelers revel in creating unique spaces, so their estimates often include extras such as cherry millwork, intricate paint schemes, and granite countertops. A more modest bid probably includes limited luxuries.
Labor: Individual remodelers set labor costs at their discretion. The cost will be higher if you’re dealing with a reputable remodeler, and higher still if the reputable remodeler is in great demand when you want your project completed.
Overhead: A typical remodeler must pay for office space, staff, equipment, and insurance. These items may seem unrelated to your project, but don’t underestimate their value.
Pick the Right Price
So how do you make a decision about costs when you’re working with estimates packed with loads of volatile variables? Basically, you talk—a lot—with the prospective remodelers, then pick one you trust.
Reputable remodelers work with clients to design a project that fits a realistic budget.
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The Spokane area certainly has four seasons – and Spring can be a combination of winter, summer and fall! The changing season is a great time to get those home remodeling projects underway. Alpine Construction is your choice for general contracting services in the Spokane area. Since 1987 we have been providing value and quality to a broad spectrum of contracting services.
Roofing: We can provide high quality product and installation for most any roofing situation. Our 25 plus years of experience and our great supplier relationships give us the competitive advantage – not just in price, but in quality and service as well. For both Commercial and Residential roofing, Alpine Construction is Spokane’s preferred choice. We offer composition, laminate, flat roof elastomeric and even mobile home roof coatings. Ask about our “All American Roofing” package.
Siding: The siding business has been a main stay of Alpine Construction since our begining in 1987. Whether it be vinyl, steel, wood, Hardiplank, or a stone or brick facade, siding is our specialty. Siding not only protects your home, but it adds lasting value to your investment. Contact us today and beat the spring rush!
Remodeling: For many homeowners – selling their home is not really an option, the logical choice is to update and remodel. Whether for style or size, many times a remodel is the right choice over selling in a depressed real estate market. We can do a bathroom in the basement or a full kitchen. Alpine can turn that extra bedroom into a game room or add a second story to your rancher. No remodel job is too large or too small! Skylights, windows, insulation, additions, garages, decks, patios, painting, fencing – call us today and get ahead of the spring and summer rush. Trust Alpine to bring your home up to date and meet and exceed the needs of your family.
Rain Gutters: Your rain gutters should be inspected and on a regular maintenance program. If you don’t have gutters or they are leaking or installed improperly – you are putting many facets of your home at risk for serious and even catastrophic water problems. Our rain gutters are seamless and each is custom designed and built for your home. The latest in design and gutter technology are available from Alpine.
Masonry|Chimney|Stone & Brick: Do you have cracked mortar, a damaged chimney, a crumbling stone wall, damaged steps or even a dangerously damaged firebox? Alpine Construction offers a full range of quality masonry and installation and repair services. Often times masonry repair is cosmetic – but that isn’t the case when dealing with your chimney or firebox! Even your crumbling concrete pathway or stairs are a trip hazard in need of immediate attention. Call us today for a free, no obligation site visit.
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Alpine Construction in Spokane has been providing high quality, general contracting services for 25 years. Roofing has been a large part of our business since we opened in 1987. Alpine Construction specializes in residential and commercial roofing projects – flat roofs, pitched roofs, roof shingles, roof coatings, mobile home roofing and composition laminate roofing with 30 to 50 year warranties!
Alpine uses American Made products including Pabco Roofing Products. We also perform roof inspections, install and repair skylights, flashing and venting. Get on our schedule before the spring rush and before you have any interior water damage! Free Estimates – Family owned and operated. Call today at 509-448-8099 or email us at email@example.com
Alpine Construction of Spokane is one of a growing number of general contractors pledging to use 5% or more of American made building materials in their construction projects. Using PABCO roofing products is one of several ways Alpine Construction routinely uses over 5% (and often much more) of American made materials in their business. Alpine will continue to seek out new opportunities to include more American Made materials, including the possibility of using Maze Nails , featured in the news report below. Alpine Construction is Spokane and North Idaho’s choice for roofing, remodeling, general construction, siding, gutters and windows. Since 1987 – delivering high quality at competitive prices.
To see more about Made in America building materials and the impact using them can have on our economy CLICK HERE to view an ABC News report.