The word was slow to get around but homeowners are now beginning to see that the time is ripe to remodel. Deep discounts are very tempting and some homeowners who fear a worsening economy are taking the risk and taking advantage of great deals.
Many homeowners who received remodeling bids a year ago are finding that the same project today would cost thousands less.
Take for example Michael Perkocha and Tina Stott from Oakland, who just purchased a bungalow for $630,000. Last year they were getting quotes in the $250,000 range and decided to postpone remodeling because they couldn’t afford it. This January they got quotes ranging from $102,000 to $170,000 and ended up going with a contractor whose bid was $129,000. That’s a $121,000 savings!
Such deep discounts allowed them to upgrade their flooring from laminate to oak and upgrade their countertops from Formica to granite. They’re also able to add crown moldings and energy efficient windows.
Besides saving a huge chunk of money, the work is almost complete at three months, opposed to the six months they had figured on, and they’re under budget. These are huge marketing points for contractors: big savings, ahead of schedule, and under budget. (more…)