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5 Tips for Getting the Best Price from the Best Contractors

We're going to be honest.  We find it almost therapeutic to give our clients and potential clients cool tips that make their life easier AND help their budget along the way.  So, here are a few tips that will help you get the best pricing from your contractors/ service providers.

1.  Have a plan.  When you contact your contractor and don’t know all the details as to what you need or where you want it, we’re literally starting your project on a napkin over lunch. You’ll get a better price if you have your needs and wants thought out and organized. The easier it is to articulate what you need to us, the cheaper (and faster) the costs will be.

2.  Perform your project between September – April.  This time of the year is typically when holidays and budget crunches are occurring.  If you get a quote and perform your project in this time frame, you’ll naturally get a more competitive price as opposed to the summer months which are typically busier.

3.  Pay fast.  Often contractors factor slow-pay into their quoted prices.  Let’s face it, basically Net 30 terms are a form of no-interest loan.  When you stretch that to 60, 90, even 120 days to pay, you are going to be paying more for that loan. When you pay fast, the price is lower.

4.  Be loyal.  When you are a long-time loyal customer, you are essentially part of the synergy that makes the contractor win and YOUR team win. Loyalty is rewarded with a sharper pencil when it comes to quoting your projects.

5.  Appreciate your contractor.  It's a partnership. We are working with you.

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