What’s the Difference Between a Construction Quote and Estimate? Bay Cities Construction

We refer to the use of quotes and bid when we are discussing construction pricing, but are they really being used correctly? These are actually the most commonly missed used words in the construction industry; estimate, bid, proposal, and quote.

If you’re planning on doing work to your home, it is important that you start speaking the construction lingo. The planning stages are just as stressful as the remodeling process. It can feel overwhelming and intimidating when you begin sitting down with your chosen contractor to go over price, materials needed, and length of project. Below is a brief explanation of some of the things that people find most confusing.

In our industry, an estimate, bid, quote, and proposal take on different meanings depending on who is using the terms. Some construction professionals use the words “estimate” and “quote” interchangeably, while a bid or proposal may turn into a contract if the customer signs it.

Estimate Quote
Pros Pros
  • Fast idea of what it will cost.
  • Give Homeowner opportunity to meet various contractors.
  • Educates homeowner of what possible solution will look like.
  • Based on actual labor and material costs.
  • Forces homeowner to pick all materials to be used.
  • Forces contractor to assess totality of the job.
  • Clear understanding of what you get for your money.
  • Good way to assess competence level of contractor.
Cons Cons
  • Fault assessment of cost.
  • Can leave big holes in totality of work needed.
  • Not to be substituted for contractor interview process.
  • Takes 20-40 hours to properly complete.
  • Cost homeowner money.
  • Requires a contractor with greater business acumen (harder to find).



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