The Difference Between an Estimate vs a Project Development Service Agreement & Construction Bid

What you get with each, and which one you really want.

Many San Diego homeowners start their search for a remodeler by looking for a general contractor in their area who offers free estimates. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but there are some downsides to a free estimate. We want to show you a better way.

“Free” Estimates

If you call three different contractors to look at your home remodel, they will give you three very different estimates. These estimates are based on their experience with similar projects, but how do you, as the homeowner, know what to expect from the finished project?

Without a fully developed scope of work or detailed design and construction plans, these three contractors are estimating three very different projects, each based on their own understanding of what you want, that they learned from you during a 60 minute consultation. 

How do you even begin to compare three estimates that are for three different projects? That’s like holding up a salad kit, a head of romaine lettuce, some frozen kale, and trying to decide which is the best price. You’re comparing vastly different things, and it just doesn’t work. 

Enter the design-build remodeling process.

Project Development Agreement

When you call ProPacific, we can give you a ballpark estimate range, and help determine if what you want to do is in your budget. We can’t give you a price for your remodeling project based on one conversation. This is why we will present you with what we refer to as our Project Development Services Agreement, or PDSA for short.

As longtime experts in the San Diego remodeling industry, we know there are many more details to consider in a project than merely what fixtures will be included. Our PDSA starts with what is essentially a miniature feasibility study where we learn:

  • Every detail we possibly can about your vision for the space
  • How you live in and use your home and the area you are going to remodel
  • Your needs, your wants, and which of these are “must-haves” versus “would-be-nice-to-haves”
  • What you are planning to invest in the project

From here, we develop designs that enable us to show you what your finished space will look like when we are done remodeling. This is such a great help to our clients because most people are not visual-spatial thinkers the way contractors and designers are.

We will guide you through the tough choices, and combat potential decision fatigue, to help you decide on all materials, fixtures, and finishes for your remodel. 

Once we’ve finalized all of these details, we can finish developing a highly detailed scope of work for your project. This is a step-by-step instruction guide for our crew to understand and complete your project.

Construction Bid

With all of this now finished, we come to the end of the Project Development Services Agreement, and we can now present you with a guaranteed, lump sum, fixed-price project cost. This price will not change unless we open a wall and discover it’s full of rot or is otherwise structurally compromised by some unforeseen circumstance.

Your project will cost what we said it would initially cost, no surprise fees. And because we’ve been working with you to develop a remodel that is within your budget, you don’t have to worry about falling in love with a remodel you cannot afford.

The Construction Bid is the official contract that allows us to do your remodel as we’ve designed it together during the PDSA phase. And because we went through the development process, you know exactly what we are bidding and what your home will look like when we finish construction. 

Our process continues on from here into the Pre-Construction phase, which you can learn more about here.

If this sounds like the kind of detailed care you are looking for in your San Diego home remodel project, please give us a call or fill out our contact form. We would love to show you a better way to remodel.

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