Lets say you are a home owner in city like Mumbai and you need to fix or Renovate your bathroom. One fine day you call a Contractor for inspection. If you want to know what to expect in first visit of Contractor keep reading further.

There are two situations in which a home owner calls Contractor, it could be general home renovation or to fix some specific problem.
For example Home owner wants to fix or renovate Bathroom or renovate Kitchen. In such case Contractor inspects particular part of home and asks questions about requirements in mind of owner. Contractor starts explaining his recommendations and changes that can be done for renovation.

If Owner likes the high level plan suggested by contractor, next step for Contractor is to prepare rough estimate or quote. Contractor takes measures rough square feet of the area which needs renovation and gives rough quotation to owner. There could be some minor plus or minus changes to the estimate or cost when Contractor comes up with actual Estimate.

Owners are always curious to know cost of home renovation after listening to suggestions made by Contractor after inspection. A good contractor gives you rough cost estimate as per present market rate of materials. For eg: Contractor includes cost of square feets of tiles, commode, plumbing, cement, sand and other materials, gives a rough estimate.

If rough estimate or quote sounds good to Owner, contractor starts working on more accurate estimate.
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[Updated on 23-Oct-2019 by Nitin – founder of Contractorbhai.com]

Home Owners call 2-3 Contractors and try to get quotation from them. Quotes are compared. Common challenges faced at this stage is lack of clarity. If you are planning to do partial repair work for example just adding tiles to particular wall, it is easy to compare cost across contractors. However if you are planning to do major renovation, comparing quotations from contractors is like comparing apple to oranges. You do not have clarity on what material is assumed. You have no idea about what design is assumed. Home owners talk to contractors, whichever one offers less quote plus sounds reasonable is handed over the project. We once came across a Contractor who was extremely good at winning projects. His strategy was offer competitive quote & present ideas very nicely. Problem was when it came to actual implementation/execution, he was failing in all projects. He use to bring team and material that were below par.

Home owners are very keen on saving money, finding cheapest contractor, but you have to be careful.