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Question DetailsAsked on 2/15/2016

Do companies offer free estimates on repairs?

We put an offer in on a home, and are interested in replacing old painted wood siding, putting in new floors, and making a few aesthetic modifications to the pool. Are there companies that will come out to the house to provide free estimates? We are first time home buyers and really want to understand what all our upgrades will cost!

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First, congrats on becoming home buyers. Secondly, absolutely, but with you not owning the home yet, many companies will be a little more hesitant. This is because companies don't land every job in the first place and the percentages are far less when someone doesn't own home. My suggestion is that if your offer is accepted, try to find an inspector that could give you some fair estimates on the work done. The reason I suggest this is there should be an inspection done on the home anyway, and many of the inspectors at one time did or do remodeling. This way they will be compensated for their inspection and you can get some rough numbers. Then if the sale goes through start getting real estimates to compare. Then for sure the companies will be happy to give you estimates for free.

Hope this helps.

Exterior Upgrader is owner of

Euro-Tech, Inc.

Servicing much of Illinois and Wisconsin


Answered 4 years ago by ExteriorUpgrader


BTW - your Search the List categories would be Siding, Flooring, and Pool and Spa to find contractors for this - or a Remodeling contractor if you want to wrap it all into one person to handle the entire job, though he will almost certainly sub much or all of it out for this type work.

Also - in addition to what ExteriorUpgrader said about contractors not being keen on doing quotes on not-yet-owned homes (too many people use the contractors as an idea and estimate source but never recontact them abou the work), be sure you have owner permission for them to come in and do this. Usually not a problem AFTER the contingency period has gone by (assuming it is owner occupied or vacant), but most realtors recommned against letting any contractors other than for inspection in the house before the contingency period has gone by, as they can identify more defects or make clear the remodel costs, which can lead to the buyer backing out during the contingency period.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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