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Question DetailsAsked on 5/8/2011

why are Stucco estimates so different?

I have three estimates from three different stucco companies and these estimates are very different.

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Call and ask your contractors these questions. Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is your money and home. I would ask for references and take a look at samples of their work (especially the low bidder). Make sure all are licensed and carry the required insurance. You don't want to get a bad stucco job, so do your homework first before selecting a contractor; which may not be one of these. Check with your local building department and local building exchange for more references on these and other contractors. Good luck.

Answered 9 years ago by Scot


I wold guess,assuming stucco is moderatelycommon in your area, that the difference lies in their assumptions - maybe one is figuring local patching only, one a full coverage skim coat, another a full coverage 1/2" thick overlay coat or even tear off and redoing from scratch. Some may also be including or excluding underlying insulation and/or moisture barrier, or may be including sealcoating after it is set, or even repainting afterwards.

As the other comment said, you need to ask each what their assumption were that led to them being significantly lower (or higher) than the others. Could also just be the nature of bids these days - used to be common that three bids wold be within 25% difference from high to low and two of the three would be within 10-15% of each other. Now with a plethora of unlicensed bidders, a lot of unemployed workers setting up to do business themselves without adequate experience to know what to bid, extremely cheap labor from illegal immigrants or contractors giving employees zero benefits or insurance or even using only day laborers even for skilled trades, etc, that now you can commonly see 100-200% difference between low and high bids given to homeowners, so it is almost becoming necessary to get 5 bids so you have a feel for which are the "outliers" - the ones out of whack on one side or the other.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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