Service estimates are a homeowner’s first indication of how much a home repair or update is going to cost. In some cases, an estimate greatly influences the final project, as homeowners make adjustments to meet their budget.

To find out how to interpret estimates, we asked our panel of experts to tell us more about how they are compiled. With a little insider advice, homeowners can get the most out of their home improvement dollar.
Budgets are a sensitive issue when it comes to home improvement and our experts have lots of great advice on what homeowners should consider when they receive an estimate. While we compile all their comments into a comprehensive article, take a look this week’s award-winning comments, listed below.