How Do Kitchen Remodeling Contractors Figure an Estimate?

 

If you are considering remodeling your kitchen, you may be considering hiring someone to do at least part of, if not all of, the job. Because the cost of a remodel is based on your needs and the materials you choose, it is hard to know how much your particular job will cost. Something that is useful to know is how kitchen remodeling contractors figure your estimate. There are a few factors that most contractors use to determine the cost, including materials, size of the job, and the time and labor involved. Below are some details you should think about when trying to determine a budget.

How kitchen remodeling contractors use materials to figure an estimate

The cost of materials is just one factor kitchen remodeling contractors use to figure out an estimate. Depending on the size of the job, and the types of extras you choose, materials could range from $500 to $20,000 or more. Don't forget to include the costs of any appliances you will be adding and remember that an estimate is just that, and doesn't mean that the final cost won't be higher than the estimate. Of course, if you buy your own materials rather than letting the contractor supply them, you may save a bit on the total cost. Also, if there are lower-priced alternatives to some of your more expensive choices, you might consider going with some of those.

How kitchen remodeling contractors figure labor costs

There are some different ways that kitchen remodeling contractors determine the labor costs of your project. One of those ways is to charge a percentage of the cost of the materials. 15% to 30% is a reasonable estimate, depending on the size of the job. A good contractor will charge a lower percentage if the cost of materials is high and the job is large, because even at the lower percent, they will make more in labor than on a smaller job. Some contractors, though, charge a flat, per hour rate, though they tend to round up when figuring the amount of hours spent on a job. Anyone with much experience should know approximately how long each job takes, and should be able to give you a rough estimate. Never forget to get written estimates, at least three or four, and compare the labor costs between them. Again, remember that the estimates you get are not set in stone, but at least they give you a good starting place when figuring out your total budget.



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