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Getting an Accurate Bathroom Remodeling Estimate, San Antonio Contractor Tips

Tue, Aug 14, 2012

For homebuyers trying to get a bathroom remodeling estimate, San Antonio contractors warn the biggest cost may come from an inaccurate estimate. There are things clients and contractors can do to lower the risks of an estimate falling far short of the final product’s cost. Start off on the right foot by keeping these factors in mind as you shop around for a qualified contractor.

Talk to the Design Staff before Getting an Estimate

A common problem behind bloating budgets is asking for more work as a project goes on. Talk to the design staff of your contracting company early on. Decide what work you want completed and which materials fall in line with your budget – then stick with it! The contractor’s estimate isn’t off if you’re asking for more work or higher-quality materials after the fact.

Build Emergency Money into Your Budget

Sometimes during a bathroom remodel, damages are found halfway through a job. The tile is torn up and the floor is rotting underneath. New code regulations mean replacing pipes or wiring. These kinds of fixes can quickly balloon your budget past your comfort zone.

Talk to your contractor and make sure that before and after emergency work, you get a chance to sit down and go over your remodeling plans. Dropping a few thousand dollars updating piping may mean downgrading from wainscoting to wallpaper or forgoing the built-in shelves you were planning.

Asked for a Fixed Cost Estimate

Fixed cost estimates agree on a service price and the amount of hours a job should take. The homeowner pays full price for work up to that point, then the contractor eats the cost for extra labor or agrees on a smaller fee for those hours. You can also add a clause regarding the length of time a contract takes, regardless of how many hours of labor are involved. When jobs aren’t completed on time, the cost for labor goes down.

These kinds of contracts protect the consumer from unreasonable delays. They also add risk on the end of the contractor. Being sensitive to those risks, while maintaining your own need for security, can help you obtain a fixed cost estimate from a contractor.

For homeowners looking for a fair, reasonable and reliable bathroom remodeling estimate, San Antonio contractors have options to help you feel secure. Budget for one job at a time. Don’t assume extras or emergency work is covered in the price. Set standards for reworking your plan if surprises arise. If you’re feeling very unsure with the process, ask for a fixed cost estimate. Doing those things will help your project end nearest to your quoted price.

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Had great interactions from beginning to end of our master bathroom remodel project. Jordan and Audrey did a tremendous job helping get us started and walking us through all the details. Anthony Martinez and his crew came in and took care of the demo and remodel quickly, we’re attentive when discussing the project, and helped quickly correct any minor issues that arose. Anthony was always quick to reply to calls and texts, and he did a great job helping to make sure the project continued to move along in a timely manner. We are super happy with our remodeled master bathroom and the services provided by the folks at Shaw!

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I am thrilled with the complete master bath remodel that Alain & his incredible crew from Shaw recently completed in my home. It was a great experience from start to finish. This company truly works as a team, communication channels are all open. Even when a hiccup occurred…they addressed it immediately & moved forward. The crew was professional & positive…really a pleasure to have them in my home. Alain went above & beyond in every aspect including making sure I was not simply satisfied with the work but truly happy. I also want to thank his crew member Sammy. He did an exceptional job & really kept the work site clean every day. I will absolutely use Shaw again for future projects.

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Shaw is a very professional company. Anthony was informative, courteous, and super professional. He communicated continually throughout the remodeling process and was always willing to adjust or change anything we requested. His crew was very respectful. Christopher, Marcus, and Roy are outstanding in their fields. From Patrick's design expertise and Brittany's helpful coordination of materials, my kitchen is beautiful and functional. The Shaw team follows up continually and is great to work with.

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Shaw remodeling did an excellent job on our master bathroom. Clay was always concerned that we were satisfied with their work. When they tell you they are not finished until you are 100% happy THEY MEAN IT! I want to thank Clay for all his hard work on the new door it was a bit difficult to install. Everyone mentions the beautiful door. Special thanks to Jordan for suggesting the accent wall behind the vanity also a favorite of all. Brittany made is so easy helping us with the design. Thank you to Nancy and the Shaw family who sent me flowers while I was very ill during the remodel.

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I had a wonderful experience with my recent renovation, timely help, many choices in the showroom, professional workers in my house, reasonable cost. This was the second time I used this company. Granite countertop, tile flooring, lighting, paint, tile backsplash, sink. I feel like I have a whole new house! And I didn't have to take off work, GREAT JOB, Shaw!

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by H.E.

February 2018 To the Shaw Company: Let me start out by saying the GARZA project has turned out to be a smashing success!!!!! Our kitchen, floors, and wall removal was a huge project and we lived to tell about it (hard to do with two toddlers and two dogs in the house!). But it would be remise of us not to mention what a positive and professional experience we had from start to finish with your company. Mr. Paul Colavecchia helped answer the millions of questions we had and gave us HONEST estimates about the work ahead. He showed up to help us in closing on our loan and kept the lines of communication opened at all times. Ms. Brittany Shaw and Gerrilynn Mohler helped us design everything and made, what felt like an overwhelming experience, into a positive and fun process. But it is with grateful hearts that we commend the team of incredibly hard working guys that made everything possible for us: • Jorge – the amount of effort he put into cutting and laying the floors in such a large space so they came out “just perfect” was a wonder to watch! Thank you! • Marcus – from our lighting, plumbing and appliance installation -he really puts in a hard day’s work – and all with a sense of humor!!! We appreciate the long hours! Thank you! • Roy – He took ideas for my “dream cabinets” and made them a reality! They are beautiful and efficient. Whether it is conversations or quality of work – when dealing with Roy the professionalism is of the highest caliber. Thank you! Lastly, what can you say about Rusty that hasn’t been mentioned already! He treated our home like his own home and that is hard to find. It may sound cliché, but my husband and I have waited a long time to take this house and make it our home, so it truly is a dream finally realized and Rusty was the man who made it happen for us. We are truly indebted to him. In closing, we feel very blessed that we found your company, but of course, you made it easy for us to choose Shaw. Since you gave us your respect and quality workmanship, we will be sure to give you the only thing we have to offer (and the most important) our future recommendations (and possibly more work!!). Take care.

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