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Kitchen design bids and contracts…. Question for designers or contractors….?

Question by redslippers: Kitchen design bids and contracts…. Question for designers or contractors….?
If you’re a kitchen designer or contractor:

I’ve been a kicthen / bath designer for 4 years and have never quite mastered the skill of writing contracts / bids for my clients. They always seem to find crazy loopholes in my proposals to get free services and products at the end of the job.

The company I work for doesn’t have a standard contract for clients to sign – I’m looking to see if anyone out there has an airtight format they use.

Best answer:

Answer by chrishann1@sbcglobal.net
I used to run into this problem too. During the years that I did kitchen and bath remodels, I used a standard home improvement contract that had all of the required verbiage for California law…but most importantly I added a second page that spelled out item by item what was included in the bid and a second column that spelled out what was NOT included in the bid. In other words “I will install new cabinets of so and so design and quality but I’m not going to repipe your house for this amount of money” Also, its important to have the prospect read and sign this addendum and have a clause that spells out that change orders must be in writing and always result in extra cost such as actual cost of time and materials plus a reasonable profit. Seems like people will always try to chisel a little here and there and its important for them to understand that this is this a business and everything costs.

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Kitchen design bids / contracts – Question for designers and contractors….?

Question by redslippers: Kitchen design bids / contracts – Question for designers and contractors….?
If you’re a kitchen designer or contractor:

I’ve been a kicthen / bath designer for 4 years and have never quite mastered the skill of writing contracts / bids for my clients. They always seem to find crazy loopholes in my proposals to get free services and products at the end of the job.

The company I work for doesn’t have a standard contract for clients to sign – I’m looking to see if anyone out there has an airtight format they use.

Best answer:

Answer by hirebookkeeper
If you can figure out what the clients are getting out of you, you can modify your contract in that area. I work for a CKD but I cannot share their contract with you, sorry.

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Q&A: Are bids from home improvement contractors typically negotiable?

Question by ashley d: Are bids from home improvement contractors typically negotiable?
Sure, I realize *everything* is negotiable, and the only way to find out is to ask. But I’m wondering if people actually do it often.
The purchase price of a home is expected to be negotiable. So is the purchase price of a car. So is the salary on a new job. Do home improvement bids from contractors fall into this category? Or even close?

Best answer:

Answer by Bob G
Get several bids then talk to the contractors you like about the prices. You can negotiate a better price, especially in the winter when they are hungry. However, the cheapest contractor is almost guaranteed to be the wrong choice.

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what percentage of bids should a contractor land?

Question by : what percentage of bids should a contractor land?
Home Improvement contractors..
I live in KC…We are priced very comparable to other companies. We do excellent work and provide great customer service. My guys are clean cut and we are normally reffered to most of our bids. I know its a tough question and there might not be a good answer. On an even playing field whats a good percentage?

Best answer:

Answer by Jim L
That is impossible to answer without knowing how your company prices jobs, what the company reputation is in the area, the number of competitors and who they are, and the nature of the home improvements.

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