Ever wondered what are construction allowances and how to compare these from one bid to another will be discussed here. This is a very common question from owners, what's an allowance, how do I compare one allowance from one contractor to another, how do they make heads or tails or it. This is how: –
First, to tell you what an allowance is. It's a line item on the bid document or the contract if you've already signed the contract and it's a placeholder for that item for that amount of money. For example, flooring, you may get a line allowance for flooring and it may say twenty thousand dollars. What does that mean, that means that the contractor hasn't determined or you haven't told the contractor what flooring is going to be in that certain area. So, what do with the allowance is that a placeholder is put in the bid or in the contract amount. Honest contractors make an effort to give you an allowance that has some resemblance to the job and they believe that that twenty thousand is enough to do the job but other contractors that may not be so honest pick low numbers for allowances.
Now, while picking a bid one would inevitably go for the lower ranging contract but the problem is that unless you even the playing field so that you compare fairly between one contract bid and the other especially as to allowance is what you may learn is the contractor that his less is actually not so as he didn't take into account or intentionally left out the additional charges.
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