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Frequently Asked Questions
Who provides the labor and material costs you use to create my estimate?
The information contained in this site is a compilation of over thirty years of the construction industry's best-known and most respected data sources. It takes into account a multitude of factors that have an impact on the cost of a project, such as the consumer price index, exact dimensions, specific materials, contractor markup, and regional pricing.
Where do these costs come from?
Researchers compile material costs by contacting hundreds of lumberyards throughout the United States every 90 days. They compile labor costs by tracking labor trends and collecting data from professional remodeling contractors who use their pricing service.
Is the cost for my project adjusted for my local area?
Costs are collected for over 200 different areas of the United States. The costs used to determine the price of your project are specific to the area in which you live.
Will contractors in my area build my project for the price you list?
The price we list is derived from the basic information you provide about the project you would like to build. It is a good indicator of what your project will cost, but your actual price may vary. When you meet with the contractor, he will be able to make accurate measurements and discover further details about what features you want to include in your project. Other factors can also impact the final price of your project - access to the work area, unusual terrain, scheduling, seasonal weather conditions, etc.
Exactly what is included in the retail cost shown for an item?
On many items we list a retail price to the right of the item. This price represents what you would pay for the item if you purchased it directly from the retailer. In this way you can get a better idea of what style and quality of product you are specifying. A good example is appliances. There are many makes and models of refrigerators - far too many to list on our site. By giving you a brief specification of the refrigerator and the retail price, you can feel assured that it is similar to the one you have been considering for your project at your local retailer. Another example is plumbing fixtures. If you have been looking at toilets for your project, you have a good idea of what the different styles of toilets cost. But you may not realize that to install a toilet, other materials are required as well. We list the retail price of the toilet fixture only for your comparison, but also include the cost of other materials and the labor to install the toilet in the price of your project.
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