Have you ever gotten quote for a project, moved forward with it and after it was completed the final bill was higher than you expected?

Or how about this, have you ever solicited multiple quotes for a project, chosen the lowest one and in the end it cost you more than the highest quote?

It’s happened to me and if it hasn’t happened to you, it’s probably happened to someone you know.

It’s not uncommon and it’s frustrating.

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So the question is – is there anything you can do to avoid this from happening to you as you plan your pole barn building project?

Whether you are building a hobby shop, garage or storage building it is important for you to understand exactly what is included in your quote. Ask your supplier if he is submitting a complete proposal or whether it is merely an estimate.

An estimate is just an estimate, with a final value to be determined at project completion. A complete proposal is a firm quote subject to change only if the size and scope of the project changes.

To avoid unpleasant surprises, review your quote to ensure it includes everything. It is equally important that your quote clarifies what is included and what is not included. Be wary of companies that shoot a price over the phone without visiting your site and understanding your site conditions. Not visiting the site before submitting a quobrochure-squarete could result in potential costly change orders.

For tips and expert advice to help you ensure your pole building project goes smoothly,
download our free Evaluating Your Building Supplier Guide. It is intended to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision.