Are you about to start renovating your home? But do you know what a quote should contain and what it entails?
Element of reference, an estimate specifies the intervention of the professional and indicates a price for given services. In order to compare the quotes of the various companies contacted, it is necessary to be precise in its requests: often, the benefits, the materials used are not the same from one contractor to another. So, it is difficult to appreciate the quotes and get a good idea of the quality / price ratio.
A quote is required?
Below 150 €, the quote is not mandatory; above this sum, he becomes it. But when you have work done at your home, this sum is often higher: the quote is a forced passage.
What does the quote contain?
Some mentions are unavoidable:
- Hourly labor rates inclusive of VAT;
- The detailed breakdown of each service (quantity and unit price);
- The prices of the various services offered;
- The total sum HT and TTC;
- The validity date of the offer. It requires the professional to maintain his offer until the date indicated. A reasonable duration is usually 3 months.
You can also ask the professional to add other non-mandatory information on the quote.such as, for example, payment terms with a precise payment schedule and the expected date for the start and end of the work, as well as a late penalty per day exceeded. You will thus have additional pressure means in case of complications.
The quote is free or paid?
The document is in principle free, but the company is likely to pay for it to the extent that it moves home, for example. The professional has the obligation to announce clearly if he intends to invoice or not his quote (He can only ask you to pay it if he has informed you in advance and given his amount). Otherwise, you are entitled to refuse to pay. Finally, be aware that if you do business with this contractor, the cost of the quote will usually be subtracted from the amount of work. However, if you do not take action, it will not be refunded. Make yourself clear.
To know about the quote
Article L114-1 of the Consumer Code provides for the start date and the estimated duration of work from an amount of € 500 of work. An important clarification because, if this date is exceeded by more than 7 days, you can then denounce the contract for a period of 60 working days.
At a quote, both parties commit
Once accepted, the quote is worth contract between the craftsman and you. It is then definitive and commits both parties.
The professional is bound by the indications contained in the contract: price, time of execution, materials used, etc. This is why we must make explicit everything that does not seem clear. Make sure the document is as detailed as possible to avoid any unpleasant surprises. For example, for work involving demolition, make sure the price includes the costs of removing rubble.
As for the customer, he is engaged from the moment he has written "Good for agreement" and signed the quote. There is no withdrawal period after the signature, except in the case of a quotation at home by a direct seller (the customer then has 7 days of reflection).