We are down to our list of 2 design build/contractors for a major remodel of our house (Approx $300K+ project). Should we have both do a detailed bid of what each piece of the project will cost, suggestions they have for each, breakdown of labor, materials, etc (I did read Tom Silva article #5) - and will it be worth it to pay for that. For example, one will do this (very detailed) and commit to being within 10% of final but it costs $1,700. $700 of which goes to project if we choose them.
Both companies have positive aspects to each - we are just not sure who to choose!! I'm not sure how much detail to expect for "free" but am also nervous to commit when I want someone who will work with us to do the best job and to invest in projects that are going to make us happiest and be of best resale value.