Quote vs. Estimate: What’s the Difference?

Quote vs. Estimate: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between a quote and an estimate? Good question!

If you have been improving your home in recent years, you will be familiar with the terms “quote” and “estimate.” If you are just getting into the home improvement process, it is important to know the difference between these two similar terms. Before embarking on a new fence, deck, or another outdoor feature, learn the difference between a quote vs. estimate below.


An estimate is an estimation of what a project might cost. As the name implies, it is a preliminary, educated guess by a professional estimator. You as the homeowner will need to provide details about what you are looking to renovate or build. Traditionally, an estimator will visit your house, evaluate the project site, and listen to your requests before giving you an idea of the cost. You will want to be prepared with the dimensions of your outdoor space and the material and style of your outdoor feature in mind. If you are seeking a fence installation, it is best to check in with the surveyor to know your property lines and their total length. Usually, an estimate is free.


Meanwhile, a quote is a detailed write-up that comes after an estimate, although it is not always essential. A quote details the price of the materials and may also include the cost of labor. It also lays out the likely timeframe of the project. Unlike an estimate, a quote is a fixed price. However, it is only valid for a specific period, as short as a month. This is because the prices of materials fluctuate according to supply and demand. However, once the contractor purchases the materials, he should only charge you that amount rather than what the current market price is. When reviewing the quote, make sure you understand it completely before agreeing to it. Make sure it is straightforward and leaves nothing to doubt. 

Working with Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence

Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence offers estimating and design services over the phone, online, and in person. We are happy to help you bring your fence, deck, or outdoor feature to life in central Maryland. Reach out to us for a free estimate today!

Call Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence For Your New Deck or Fence!

Mid-Atlantic Deck & Fence has almost 30 years of experience in building beautiful custom fences, gazebos, screened-in porches, and decks throughout the state of Maryland. We have the expertise to design your dream fence or custom deck and have it installed in a headache-free process. Give us a call at 1-800-833-9310 or visit us online for a quote today! We offer many different styles of fencing and decking, in addition to custom options designed specifically to suit your preferences and tastes. To see examples of our work and get more tips on how to choose the right decking for your family, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Houzz, Pinterest, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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