According to Consumer Reports, the biggest mistake consumer make is being seduced by price. Would you hire the cheapest surgeon in town to operate on you or a member of your family? There is a saying, “Some of the most expensive work you will ever pay for is cheap work.”
Consider that your home is the biggest investment, and you should always think long-term. Consider the consequences that saving a few dollars now will have over 3, 5 or 10 years of living there.
Your most important tool in evaluating the cost of a project is the value of what you are getting for your money. Low prices are usually a trade-off for cutting corners in materials, workmanship, warranty or adequate insurances.
Remember that most average jobs can look good when completed. The true test is how they hold up over the next 5 – 10 years. Did the contractor use the proper methods and materials to give you a professional result? These differences are usually the difference between a lower and higher initial estimate.
When hiring a contractor, review them! Check at least 2 or 3 references, verify their insurance, see what professional organizations they are affiliated with and confirm they are members in good standing…like we are, at Canaan Stone Works. Call for a bid or consultation.