Many homeowners want remodelers to give them ideas, solutions, designs and remodeling estimates for FREE before products, methods and budgets are defined. Too many remodelers oblige by figuring everything out for free, thinking that is what they must do in order to have a chance at winning the job
The value of your time and expertise
Completing an accurate scope of work and fixed price involves a lot of time that may be wasted on homeowners who don't have the budget, urgency or realistic expectations to do the project. If the homeowner has not defined products and methods, budget, if there is no design, then the remodeler has to resort to assumptions and allowances. We all know what happens when we assume. Allowances cause delays and change orders which consumers say are one of the worse fears they have about hiring a contractor.
Free Estimates; get paid for your ideas, solutions and designs.
Your time, ideas and experience are valuable services that the homeowner needs to make a decision to buy a project. As a remodeling business owner you should and deserve to be compensated for that experience. When you assume and come with up with designs, solutions and a price for free the homeowner very rarely do they say the job is yours. On the contrary, they tell you we need to think about it, get other opinions (using your ideas and solutions), or they need to check with Uncle Joe. The chances of winning a job this way are historically very low. A term used to describe this process is UNPAID CONSULTANT.