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Feb 01, 2018

How to Compare Building Quotes for your Home Renovation project

Feb 01, 2018

Have you got plans and are shopping around for a Builder for your Home Improvement project?

Perhaps you are going to get Quotes from multiple Perth Builders to compare? Each Builder provides a different level of detail, and uses a different structure for their Quote.

So how do you compare one Builders Quote with another?

If you simply look at the bottom line and compare the Total Cost, you are about to make a big mistake. By making a comparison on Price alone, you are assuming that each Builder has covered the same scope, does not have Hidden Costs, and will build using the same standard and quality of products.

Where do you start? How do you compare Building Quotes and ensure that you make the best choice? Read on….

Tip 1 – Start by providing all Renovation Builders with the same brief and the same drawings.

To ensure that you can fairly compare quotes from multiple Home Extension and Renovation Builders, make sure you provide each with the same brief, the same plans and specifications. This will even the playing field and make it easier for you to compare.

Compare apples to oranges

Tip 2- Are you comparing Apples with apples?

That is, do the Building Quotes that you are comparing include the same items? Is it clear what is included and what is excluded?

 

If the total Quote to Build from one Builder is much lower than the other Builders, chances are there are significant items not included. Be careful and ask questions.

 

Start by asking about landscaping, fences and painting – these are common exclusions.

 

Tip 3 – Is the Building Quote lacking in detail?

If a Buider’s Quote is lacking in detail, or if doesn’t list everything you have requested then proceed VERY carefully. If an item from your Brief is not specifically listed then chances are it has not been costed into the Quote.

 

For example: has the new Garage been left off the Quote? This means that a nasty and expensive surprise lurks further down the track.

 

Tip 4 – What does the Builder charge as an Administrative Fee for Variations?

If this is not specified then you need to ask. This is a significant hidden cost, and most Builders DO charge a fee for EVERY Variation.

 

This can add up to thousands of dollars across the duration of your project and blow your budget. Amerex does not charge an Admin fee for Variations.

 

Character Home Addition with New kitchenTip 5 – Building prices can vary due to different types and grades of materials specified.

If a Builder is very cheap, and their Quote to Build seems significantly low, you will need to ask more questions about the materials supplied.

 

Example 1: Amerex only uses treated timber and includes air-cell insulation as standard in the cavity in double brick walls. This is not standard with all Builders.

 

Example 2: Does the amount allowed for a new Kitchen seem realistic? This is an area where budget blow-outs and under-quoting are common. Has the Quote allowed for laminate bench-tops or stone? Check the details across all fixtures and finishes and don’t get caught short.

 

Tip 6 – Check the allowance for Provisional Sum items.

New white kitchen with quality fittings
Has the Builder only allowed for budget-level selections in the Provisional Sums? Amerex allows a Provisional Sum that allows for good quality products (well above budget level) in our Building Quotes.

 

Quotes with budget-level provisional sums come in cheap but cost you further down the track. We aim to deliver quality, and do not take short-cuts in products, or in our Quotes.

 

What do we mean by Selections and what is a Provisional Sum? For every item in your project where you can make a Selection e.g. plumbing, appliances, door handles, etc… the Builder will have allowed an amount in your Quote referred to as a Provisional Sum.

 

Bathroom tiles in a bathroom renovation

 

If the amount allowed is low, and you want your project to achieve quality results, you will definitely be facing expensive Variations along the way – and a likely Variation Fee per item as a double whammy!
At Amerex, we assume that you want a quality result right from the very start. We allow for quality fixtures and appliances in your Quote to ensure that it is as accurate as possible, and the Quote will match the actual cost to build so that you can manage your budget and avoid cost blow-outs. Learn more about the Amerex Difference here!

 

Also, don’t forget to detect and avoid hidden costs when comparing the quotes.

 

 

We hope that the above has been interesting and helpful.

 

Do you have Building Plans and would like Amerex to provide you with a Building Quote?

Contact the friendly Amerex team to discuss your Perth Home Improvement project.

If you would like to discuss your Home Extension Plans, please call us on 9227 1822 or contact us via our website contact form below.

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If you would like more information about any of our services contact us today

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Eric Trevaskis
Eric Trevaskis
06:21 11 Dec 17
It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation. From Steve Burke the office staff & the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service. The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home. NOTHING was too much trouble. Steve, Pete (the foreman ) & the office staff, especially Kelly, were always available either on the phone or on site if we had any queries. We knew we could always make direct contact with them & that any queries would be quickly resolved. We felt that we received a very personal & professional service from the Amerex team. Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. Thank you Amerex. We love our "new" home and our family and friends are amazed at the transformation. We would wholeheartedly recommend Amerex. Eric & Kristine Trevaskis. .
Rachel Green
Rachel Green
03:57 04 Aug 17
Amerex carried out a large renovation for us in 2015; almost a year-long project. Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality. Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues. The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. People who visit our home always comment on the finish and quality of the build, most believing it’s a new home and not a renovation. I will definitely use Amerex again, and would be happy to recommend them.
Dona Mecham
Dona Mecham
04:07 11 Oct 16
This is the first renovation/building undertaking we have experienced and we cannot speak highly enough of the quality Amerex provided. The project design was flawless, and we were extremely impressed with the marrying of the old and new. The attention to detail provided by Steve and his team was outstanding and our friends and family are quick to note this. We love the extra space and seamless flow of our family home. The Amerex commitment to using quality trades and ensuring the trades delivered on time and rectifying issues, was present throughout the building of our home. This gave us great peace of mind and for these reasons we would not hesitate to recommend Amerex.’
Christine Tonkin
Christine Tonkin
09:05 24 Oct 16
The renovation of our home was its third reincarnation as it was originally a very ordinary rectangular 1950s Roman Catholic outpost church which we turned into a house on a tight budget in the late 1980s. As is usually the case, this current renovation was very significant and emotional for me and my family but more unusually, I was living overseas for almost all of the time the renovation was undertaken. We wanted a home that would comfortably accommodate our family and overseas and interstate visitors, provide a focus for entertaining a crowd, as well as being low maintenance and energy efficient. We selected Amerex as our builder because Steve Burke and his very competent team gave our family the confidence that they could be trusted to undertake this renovation professionally and sensitively including communicating progress every step of the way. Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades. What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives. It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator.
Jacqui Seymour
Jacqui Seymour
05:52 09 Aug 17
AMAZING experience. We have just completed a major renovation, and over 18 months dealing with Steve and the AMEREX team. We had a 1930's California bungalow and required the character at the front to be maintained whilst adding almost an entire new house to the back including a second story. We have built twice before, both new homes one with larger builders. The difference between that and our experience with AMEREX was astounding. This was actually an exciting and pleasurable experience throughout. Rather than a number or just "another" client, we were made to feel part of the AMEREX family. The office staff (Loretta, Kelly and Maryanne) are a pleasure to deal with, nothing is ever too much effort. Kelly in particular is a great help with all the various selections and changes and is always smiling! We did not have an issue with a single tradesman throughout. And finally Pete (working foreman) and Steve (owner) are the most hands on, professional and customer focused we have ever met. I was able to speak to either at any time regarding any issue, many times Steve would suggest changes on site to improve the look or function of the renovation and Pete can do it all. No variation fees, complete flexibility, great workmanship direct line to the owners/supervisor, quality finish. We could not recommend AMEREX highly enough. Brenton and Jacqui Seymour Daglish
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