How long will it take and how much will it cost?

This really depends upon the size and scope of your project.  Specialty materials and subcontractors can impact the timeline. However, we always want to have a schedule of work determined before project inception so that both client and contractor have realistic expectations. Determining a scope of work, scheduling materials and subcontractors and making material selections ahead can make the project run more smoothly and provide you with an accurate bid.

What is the difference between a bid, an estimate and a budget?

These terms are often used interchangeably, but there are significant differences. We believe a budget is an idea of what a project could cost. This might be used prior to any plans or specifications being developed.  Typically, an estimate is a cost developed using historical figures from previous projects. A bid is a formalized version of the estimate where the labor, specific materials and subcontractors are queried and a bottom-line number is determined.