As a Realtor and Hilton Head Island resident of forty years, it amazes me the variance in price on a lot of home related services. One would expect a variance of perhaps 20% but the list below often has variance's in price that sometimes are in the 40% plus range. Clearly, it pays to get at least two estimates and check references as "cheapest is rarely best"
Roofing. 30 year asphalt shingles by a known manufacturer such as GAF or Owens Corning are pretty much the same. Yet estimates for re-roofing our house, apples to apples went from $12,000 to almost $17,000.
Air Conditioning replacement. 13 SEER 4 ton Carrier....... apples to apples. $4200 vs $7,000? Try to get it done in the Fall or Spring when they are least busy. Also, "big name company" often means "big overhead"
Tree Trimming/removal. Bids varied by 50% for identical work. Certainly don't get bids after big storms when they are busy.
Carpet cleaning. Stanley Steamer quoted us $275 for whole house. Shopping around resulted in a "lone wolf", identical truck and process.....$100. He has very little advertising and since he is owner/operator, no franchise fees, and very little overhead.
General contracting. Of course, quality is important here so checking references is tremendously important. Still, bids will vary by up to 30% depending on how busy/hungry the specific contractor is at that time.
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