This Brooklyn co-op has a tiny kitchen, a small full bathroom and a little half-bath, all in dire need of renovation. The homeowner purchased the co-op as a fixer-upper two years before he contacted BuildZoom. His original plan was to do a gut renovation and he had worked with an architect to develop plans. However, it was clear that the project would take a considerable investment of time. Then, when the pandemic hit, he realized that the work would be further delayed. In the meantime, the kitchen and bathrooms were falling apart and needed to be repaired to be functional.
The homeowner decided to put the larger renovation project on hold to focus on the items that needed immediate attention. The scope of work included new cabinets, fixtures, flooring and appliances in the kitchen, including replacing the refrigerator and adding a dishwasher and microwave. New vanities, medicine cabinets, lights, tile and fixtures were needed in both bathrooms.
Don Rider, who provides tech services for a financial firm, had big dreams for his small co-op.
After consulting an architect, he realized that his original vision would take too long and be too expensive.
Rider, who is on the board of the 16-unit co-op, has hired contractors to make repairs on the common areas of the building.
Rider’s budget was between $30,000 to $40,000.
Rider’s biggest fear was that he would be unable to find a reputable, trustworthy contractor who would follow through and complete the job.
Rider found BuildZoom by accident when he was searching for more contractors. He filled out a form online on the BuildZoom site and was contacted within 10 minutes.
Rider met with the contractors with BuildZoom’s support and advice.
“I even thought the name ‘BuildZoom’ was a little sketchy because of the ‘Zoom’ part. But I had a great experience with them. They got the contractors and bids lined up much faster and easier than I could have alone.”
The contractors took different approaches, with one choosing to look at photos to provide a preliminary estimate before an in-person consultation. Another visited within a few days and took at week to provide an estimate, while the other provided an almost immediate estimate. All three were in a similar price range.
BuildZoom explained to Rider the differences between the bids to help him make a choice.
That company’s initial bid was $34,200. After BuildZoom did a bid revision, they found that the company had missed $14,550 of materials, which brought the total to $48,750. Had that error not been caught, Rider would have had nearly $15,000 extra to pay in change orders.
Ultimately, Rider chose Purewal after consulting with BuildZoom.
During the bid comparison phase, Rider says, BuildZoom was very proactive in getting updates and coordinating a punch list of details with him.
The final estimate for the work with Purewal was $35,000.
Even though Rider’s job was small, the contractors know they
want to maintain a good reputation with BuildZoom as well as
their direct customers, Rider says.
In addition, he says,
- Time saved. Rider says he was extremely impressed that BuildZoom connected him with three potential contractors within one day.
- Peace of mind. Rider was concerned that he would be unable to find a reputable contractor for a small job. BuildZoom’s expertise in finding reliable contractors eased that fear.
- Confidence in process. BuildZoom set expectations for Rider and met them. He appreciated the transparency of the process.
- Contractor hired. BuildZoom’s bid review process made it easier to choose a contractor for the project.
- Money saved. BuildZoom negotiated with the contractors to save money on the project while making sure the work was done well.