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Question DetailsAsked on 7/25/2013

What is a reasonable time to wait for a kitchen remodel estimate before moving on?

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If the contractor didn't give you a time frame for the estimate preparation I'd give him a week or maybe 2 at most. The fewer details you gave him the longer it will take. If you picked all of the finishes beforehand and there are no layout changes it should only be a few days even if he is busy. You can always call him and ask if he is making progress coming up with figures for you. Maybe he didn't realize you were ready to go immediately. We often do estimates for remodels that customer's do not plan to start for a couple of months.

Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services


This question, and the issue of contractors not getting back with quotes or with site visits to do estimates, is becoming more and more common on this forum.

When you talk to contractors, whether to request a site visit to prepare a bid, or to give notice to proceed with the work, ALWAYS ask when you can expect to hear back from him.

The more complex the job, epecially with remodels and PARTICULARLY with kitchens, the longer it takes to get all the pricing and subcontractor bids together - commonly 1-3 weeks, especially if custom cabinetry or specialty recycled flooring or special tile or stone is involved. ASK while you have them there, then be sure they have multiple dependable ways to contact you - eMail, phone with message service, etc.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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