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Question DetailsAsked on 9/3/2017

I have a contractor that emailed a bid that seemed high. can I ask for detailed bid of what my alllowence is for ki

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Sure you can - indeed, the contract when you sign it (and hence the bid leading up to the contract) should list the job fied cost, plus any variable or allowance costs. Certainly any allowances for cabinets, flooring, etc should be listed. Remember, leading up to the contract you are frere to tie down any details you want, or get revisions to reflect the exact scope of work - NOW is the time to tie down the contract scope and prices, not after it is signed.

Personally I do not like allowances - because if what you choose costs less than the allowance you rarely get an credit for that, and if you max the amount out it commoonly results in a request for a change order for more $. Allowances, in my opinion, should, if used, be ONLY for the actual invoice cost of the materials (or cost plus his markup if contract calls for that) - NOT for any labor, because generally a different or color of tile or flooring or cabinet ro such will not change the labor cost - unless you change the materials type, like from carpet to tile say. Try to leave as little wriggle room in the bid/contract as possible to avoid future complications.

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