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What you should know about your remodeling estimate and what’s included

Every project is different. The price of each job is ultimately based on the scope of work. A detailed and itemized statement will be provided to you before a contract is signed. An estimate, on the other hand, is not a contract but rather a snapshot of what to expect and how long it will take. Variable expenses do occur and it is common to encounter unforeseen obstacles in a project. If any added expenses should arise, we will consult with you and provide you with a separate estimate. As always, we must receive authorization prior to any work is done. Estimates are always free unless a more detailed inspection is required. Generally, an estimate will contain the following:

Material Cost

Because of our close relationships with our vendors and our purchasing history, we are able to purchase materials at a discounted price. In the event our clients wish to provide the materials themselves, we offer them the opportunity to purchase the material directly through our vendor account, making it easier to make purchasing decisions.

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Other Expenses

Sometimes unexpected costs are due to things that could not be seen on the surface during the original inspection. Often times, we may uncover other problems which require your attention and could not be seen until we begin our work. Although we do our best to offer alternatives and other solutions to keep the costs to a minimum, we recommend planning ahead of time by setting aside an emergency fund to quickly resolve these issues and keep your project from delays due to finances.


Estimated completion times are under no circumstances guaranteed as we do not have control over unforeseen obstacles, inclement weather or vendor delivery schedules. However, to give you a better idea of what an average job will take, we normally will offer you a theoretical timeline for your project. You should expect delays within reason. If ever a delay should occur during your project, we will immediately let you know and begin the change order process to get back on schedule.

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Payment Terms

Initially, a small deposit will be needed to secure the work and schedule. It is illegal to ask for or accept a down payment of more than 10 percent of the total home improvement contract price or $1,000, whichever is less. Many consumer victims who file complaints with the CSLB tell investigators they were unaware that there is a legal limit for down payments. Many unlicensed operators also are not familiar with this aspect of California contracting law, which should serve as a red flag for homeowners. If someone asks for a large amount of money up front, the person might not have a license or the necessary project skills.

Many times, unlicensed operators take a homeowner’s down payment and never start the project. At Builder Boy, we take our work seriously and abide by all laws set forth by the CSLB. At Builder Boy, transparency is key. We include a copy of your payment schedule. It can be found in your copy of your contract. Additionally, a copy of your original signed estimate will serve as additional documentation to your contract. All payments must be received prior to each phase of work is to begin and submitted in the form of a cashier’s check or money order. We accept all major credit cards, however, a small processing fee may apply.