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Kitchen Remodeling Bid – Is an Allowance in Your Bid Something to Avoid?

If you are taking bids for your new kitchen remodeling project, then most likely you have seen allowances on your bids. So what is an allowance any way and is it really something to avoid? There has been a great deal written about avoiding the allowance trap. Let’s clear this up. As a contractor an allowance is nothing more than a tool.

Let’s say you have invited a contractor to bid your kitchen remodeling project. You know what you are looking for in terms of cabinets and arrangements, but you do not want to waste time picking out lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and tile until you know you can afford the new kitchen. Makes sense, right? Of course it does and that’s why contractors use allowances. Instead of leaving the tile out of the bid, they allot an amount for the tile. It’s that simple. But what if they allot … Read More