• On April 9, 2013 ·

Divulging Your BudgetMany people do not want to state what their budget is when requesting quotes or proposals for any project. They may be scared that a greedy vendor will then inflate the price of their services so they can receive the entirety of the budgeted amount, or they may be afraid the vendor will not want to work on their project because the budget is too low. No matter the reason, it is easier for vendors and clients to work together when every aspect of the project is divulged, including the budget.

Planning Is Subjective

What most people do not understand is that design is a subjective process. Opinions on materials and structure can differ between architects and clients. When the budget is known, the vendor can discuss with the client the intended use of the space, what materials to use, and what can be added or eliminated. This does not mean that low-budget projects will receive the poorest materials or will be put together shoddily. It means that there could be give-and-take in certain areas of the project that will help the builders satisfy the client while staying within the budget.

Design and Build Firms

A firm that offers design and build services will take you through the entirety of the project, from initial design plans to the final product. During the design phase, many questions will be asked as to what the client wants, right down to the color of paint. In the quote, most design firms will include materials that they, themselves, would use in their own home based on the quality and price of the materials. This may not always be feasible for the budget, so adjustments to the project need to be made. A quality design firm will discuss these adjustments with the client to make sure the client understands the changes and is able to provide input on which areas must remain according to specifications.

Quoting Without a Budget

Providing a quote without a budget is difficult for every company. It takes hours to draft a proposal, and without knowing budget parameters, those hours can be full of guessing that wastes time for both the designer and the client.

When seeking a proposal, providing the budget is an important tool for both the client and the vendor. It gives the vendor a realistic view of the whole project and allows them to work with the client to provide what the client wants with the price tag the client likes.

Shawn Bakker
President
Bakker Construction
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