This is a general question about estimating costs that a contractor might charge for a job.
I have a large renovation project that I am considering. This project is clearly beyond my abilities. Before I start calling contractors for estimates I want to come up with an approximate estimate on my own.
Is there anything like a common worksheet, standard hourly rate, or comparison shopping tool that might help me?
I am intentionally not describing my project as I am seeking a general tool, guide, or process rather than something for just this job.
My goal is to find out if this is a $1000 job, a $5000 job, or a $15000 job so that I can have my finances somewhat in order before I get professional estimates. I do not want to waste my time or a contractors time if the job is an order of magnitude more expensive than I think it is!