Pays to Shop Around...

Posted by Rich Neste on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 at 11:32am.

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.

Feel free to contact me for some specific vendors! If you’re interested in Hilton Head Real Estate or Bluffton Real Estate, please

Cheers,

Bart Whiteman                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
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