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What Do You Need to Have Ready for an Estimate?

Posted Sep 19, 2022 by Dave Scaturro

 What Do You Need to Have Ready for an Estimate?

Starting a big contracting project can be exciting but also chock full of questions and concerns. Fortunately, the estimation process can be an easy way to understand, not only what your project will entail, but what it will be like to work with a contractor.

Here at Alpine, we pride ourselves on providing detailed and honest estimations so you can understand what your needs are and how we can best solve them.

Here’s what we suggest having at the ready in your initial conversations with any contractor and what you should expect from the estimation process.

Getting Started

The first step in the estimation process is to get in touch with the company you’re interested in working with. Most companies these days have an online form to fill out initially (you can do this directly from our website). Once received, a time for a phone call will be set up where you can provide more specifics and the contractor can ask questions.

For each of these steps, we recommend having the following information at the ready:

  • The type of work or job you’re looking to have done
  • A brief description of the work
  • Your location
  • The general size of your space (if it’s relevant)
  • Any specific timing you have in mind for completion (if it’s an important factor)

Onsite Review

Next, your contractor will likely want to set up a time in person to examine the job site. This helps provide them with a more robust understanding of job and requirements and gives you a chance to meet them in person. Here are some important considerations our expert team takes into account for our onsite estimates.

Remember, this step is still part of the estimation process and a great opportunity for you to get a sense of what it might be like to work with the company on your project.

Getting the Estimate

Once your job site has been examined by the contractor, you’ll receive a proposal for the work discussed. Think of this as your project roadmap. It should be comprehensive and provide specific details for everything discussed in your initial conversations and onsite review. Be wary of vague estimates or ones that include details that were never mentioned in your conversations.

Keep in mind that getting a proposal is still not a contract. If you’re unhappy with what you receive, you should always be welcome to ask questions and for clarification.

Alpine’s Process

We pride ourselves on providing detailed and honest estimations for our new and returning clients. We follow a step-by-step procedure that utilizes the most up-to-date technology.

After an initial conversation and examination of a job site, our estimators will utilize our in-house, custom estimating program that not only produces an accurate number, but also outlines a detailed proposal to ensure that our customers understand exactly what is included and the process we’ll be applying.

We believe there’s a reason why we have one of the highest customer return rates in the Tri-State area: we only offer the highest quality service starting with the first step in the process all the way through to the end of a project.

Click here or give us a call (866-596-0349) to start your estimate!

Dave Scaturro
Schedule an Estimate

Call Dave Scaturro, Commercial Painting Specialist, at (973) 279-3200 x224 or use our online application.

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