Bids on a new construction project
Hi all–I was wondering if you could offer some advice for a dilemma I’m having regarding who will build my house. A few weeks ago, I asked for advice re: HVAC for our new “Pretty Good House.” Now, our plans are in engineering and we’re getting close to permitting and breaking ground. The company we’ve been working with is a design-build company–but the two parts are separate. We hired the design part of things and have verbally told the build side of things that we want them to build our house. We’ve been with these guys for 2-3 months now and, admittedly, have built some kind of rapport with them. Last night, a friend strongly suggested that we take the plans and let at least a couple of other contractors bid on them. It would at least provide us with data on the price estimates given to us by the design-build firm–are they high, low, in the ball park? They apparently have a reputation for doing fine work, but they’re expensive. Currently, for 1600 sq. ft., we’re sitting at $400K or about $250/sq. ft. Hood River, OR. It’s not an extravagant house and a pretty simple build.
So, given that I’ve traveled down the road a bit with this firm, am I doing the right thing by putting our plans out for bid? We haven’t signed a contract yet, but we’re getting close to doing so. There’s something that ethically bothers me about this, but maybe this is quite common. I feel like I’m pulling the rug out from under them, sort of. We’re scheduled to break ground in a month or so, which is another problem. I doubt any other contractor could gear up this quickly.
Did I make a mistake by going down the road too far with this company? Should I get some bids on my plans–even the firm will be upset (I assume?) Thanks for any advice you can offer.
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