Choosing Between Conflicting Bids

Dear Expert: We are planning to remodel our home and have been getting bids from remodelers, but the cost varies significantly between bids. How do we know who to chose?

A: This is a real problem in our industry today, made worse by websites that encourage the three bids philosophy without instruction on how to solicit bids. In order to compare the proverbial apple to another, you need a full set of plans and specifications that detail everything about the project. One way to avoid this situation is to work with a Design Build firm to develop a design and build your project within your budget. A word of caution about companies that don’t charge for design: You get what you pay for.

—Michael Anschel, Principal
Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build