You’ve got an idea for a project and you know exactly what you want it to do, but— you’re not sure what it’ll take to get it to work and perhaps even more influential, the cost.
Like most consumers in the manufacturing industry, you’re probably pretty savvy and have a general idea of where the price range of a project may fall within your budget. However that’s not to say that an estimate can’t take you off guard.
With custom fabrication quoting is different for each product and is set based off of the information and product specs provided. That is why giving as much information and details possible is the best way to get a more accurate estimate from your fabrication company.
Despite the cost, the decision to collaborate with an expert in the industry is the smartest choice you can make. They know what it takes to get a job done efficiently and correctly. A high quality and reliable product will always save you money in the long run.
If you’re hesitant to accept a quote, schedule a time to sit down and hash out the details with them. Any quality manufacturer will gladly discuss project requirements and comb through the project specs with you to see if there’s anything that can be adjusted. Afterwards you’ll usually have a more solid opinion, not only about the project specifications but about the relationship with the manufacturer as well.
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There’s nothing wrong with having to negotiate costs; sometimes the budget just isn’t what you’d like it to be and that’s okay! Most manufacturers will work with you.
If you’re biggest concern is more about trying to save a few bucks, because let’s be honest — nobody likes spending more than they have to. Just consider what it is you’re haggling over and don’t forget the infamous aphorism “You get what you pay for”. If the delivery, expertise, quality and overall experience of a project is expendable to you, shop around for additional estimates before making your final decision.