2. What should an estimate contain?
Just below, I detail the mandatory information that must appear on a quote. But you should also know that, for large web projects, your service provider can provide you with more elements in addition to the quote, such as
- A presentation of the agency
Often in the form of one or two pages, the service provider (agency or freelance) can provide you with information about its structure. Such as its years of existence, its latest projects, its known and recognised clients or a presentation of the team.
- A reformulation of your needs
This is a succinct reformulation of your request to ensure that it has been understood.
- Breakdown of your project
Depending on the areas to be worked on, the service provider details the points of execution, reflection or questioning.
- A schedule
The schedule will allow you to project yourself and to know approximately when your product will be online. As well as all its production phases.
- Legal contracts
Whether for a service or maintenance contract, a contract ensures a reliable commitment between you and your service provider. Indeed, to draw up a contract, we review all the possibilities (good or bad) that may arise during the contract in order to find outcomes that are in everyone's favour. For example, if you do not respect the payment schedule, you will have penalties or if your contractor does not finish the project, you can ask for compensation. But don't worry, every contract is different and you will see with your provider how it works.
If it is not stated on the quote, you have the right to ask what technology(ies) is/are used for your project. This information can help you in your choice of provider. If the technology used is not well known or old, it will be difficult to make it evolve over time.