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Should estimate include breakdown of costs?

2 months ago
last modified: 2 months ago

We received a scope of work estimate from our GC for an apartment we are renovating down the hall from us to use as an office / laundry room / guest room. The estimate is broken down into 9 different sections of work - site protection, general construction, bathroom, kitchenette, flooring, electrical... Each section includes a detailed list of tasks. But, there is no breakdown of the costs at all, just one lump sum for the entire contract $128K.

Is this typical? How detailed should a price breakdown be? We are going to need to cut back on costs because he left off a lot of costs and once I have him add them in, I know this is going over our budget. But, I have no way of knowing where to cut back because there are no subcategories of costs.

If it is not typical, how much detail do I ask for? I want to be reasonable. I'm not trying to nickle and dime and I don't want to piss him off. But, I also don't want to be taken for a ride if these are poor practices for an estimate.

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