How can I get my house bolted down?
Original post made by homeowner on Apr 15, 2007
on Apr 16, 2007 at 5:47 am
Hire an architect to prepare plans and specifications so all contractors are bidding on the same work.
on Apr 16, 2007 at 8:53 am
Talking about reasonable price, in Palo Alto, with contractors, architects, bids, etc. etc. No way. Sorry to say that I think you will end up paying more than you expect. Nothing is ever as simple as it sounds and there are always "reasons" why you will end up paying out more than even the agreed price. For some reason, an architect will have to change something after the deal is made and the work has started, which means that you have no choice left and then when the city gets involved, they will expect things to be done somewhat differently. Good Luck.
on Apr 16, 2007 at 11:32 am
When you open up a wall you are often surprised. If you want to pay an architect to open up all your walls so she can be sure of conditions, do so, but usually it is cheaper to go with the educated guess, then pay for surprises.