Are conceptual estimates a normal part of planning a kitchen remodel? I am very concerned that I am dealing with a company that I have used before and trust but I feel like I'm being blackmailed to find out the real cost.
Remodeling a 10" x 11" kitchen in a 1966 brick rambler. Here is the estimate that I got from the contractor. Nothing is high end.
"We are happy to provide you with conceptual budget figures for your project using previous projects of a similar scope as a guide, so that you have an understanding of what projects like yours usually cost. Once you review the estimate, and want to move forward with a detailed proposal, we will ask for a non-refundable deposit. The detailed proposal includes plan review and/or drawings, costing and budgeting, contract documents, and schedule. During this process, we spend a considerable amount of time designing, researching costs, meeting with subcontractors, etc. to insure that everything is accounted for.
Kitchen Remodel-expanding existing space
Scope of work would include reconfiguring the existing space to include kitchen and dining room footprints; cabinets/countertops; flooring; wall/ceiling finishes; paint; finish carpentry; window; electrical; plumbing; HVAC; moving the existing appliances."
What concerns me is that I'm being asked to make a non-refundable deposit of $3,500 to garner more detailed information. Is that normal?