Understanding a Contractor’s Estimate

Your contractor’s estimate should contain all the items listed in your insurance estimate. It should also include any agreements you’ve made with the contractor to maintain a clean work space, protect your landscaping, and follow safety regulations. Carefully review potential exclusions (e.g., damage to driveway or sidewalk). Check for warranty or guarantee information. The bottom should provide space for signatures. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and request changes before signing. A good contractor will help you understand the work without pressuring you.

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Nathan Lucy

I love using service design, strategy, and storytelling to help businesses attract more of their most enjoyable, profitable customers. I teach Design Thinking at Washington University in St. Louis and serve on the board of the St. Louis chapter of the Service Design Network. My approach to business, informed by human-centered design and organizational development, is all about re-connecting people.