A home improvement contract or scope of work document frequently has allowances called out for finishes and fixtures to be chosen by owner. I suggest doing your homework, and shopping up front to ensure that the contractor isn't low balling these allowances.
A competent remodeling firm will provide you with a shopping list, and locations of their approved vendor showrooms. Making your selections up front will help insure that items will arrive timely, so completion is not delayed.
Here are some of the typical allowance items: Finished Flooring, Ceramic Tile/Natural Stone Materials, Granite Slab, Entry Doors, Door Hardware, Wood Windows, Specialty Cabinets, Plumbing Fixtures, Light Fixtures and Appliances. To see some design options, please visit http://www.standardsofexcellence.com/brandsbycategory_sc.php
Before signing a contract, make sure you are covered.
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