Terms & Conditions
Last Updated September 29, 2023
1. Purchase Requirements
Unlimited Design Iterations Per Subscription Purchase: When you purchase a Home-Cost subscription to our on-line Home-Cost application you may explore any number of different home design options for that project under the project zip-code in your account and we encourage you to do so.
Your Responsibilities Prior to Purchase: We provide descriptions of the service and examples of sample cost reports for Home-Cost Instant and Home-Cost Full Function / PRO so that you may have full knowledge of the functionality, options and cost report output before you purchase. You are responsible for becoming familiar with the functionality, program capabilities, cost output format and comprehensive design and material options available in Home-Cost before you purchase. If you have any questions about the options available in Home-Cost or any other questions about our services, please contact us via the contact form for clarification before purchase. In no case shall a refund be provided for completed estimates for reasons other than those provided as part of our Guarantee as described in Paragraph 6 herein. If for any reason you have significant concerns about Home-Cost upon initiating use, do not complete the estimate but stop and contact us via the contact form explaining your concerns so that we may address them. Once an estimate is completed and an estimated home cost is calculated, then the service has been completed and refunds will only be granted as part of our Guarantee.
Specialty Construction: As described in the website, Home-Cost estimates costs for home designs up to 2 stories above ground plus basement or crawlspace, attached or detached garages, and can accommodate a broad range of custom designs. Home-Cost does not estimate 3-story above ground homes, flat roofs or garages built into the body of the home, out-buildings or special exterior structures such as secondary detached garages, covered walkways or drives, barns, colonnades, pools, etc. If you have questions about Home-Cost’s ability to estimate your home design, please ask us before purchase using the contact form.
2. Retention of Session Data
Your Home-Cost Instant and Full Function session data (selections) are not considered available after your subscription’s expiration and will be deleted from our secure server. Your Home-Cost PRO project is data remains available until the project is cancelled, at which time the project account will be deleted from our server.
3. Limited License/ Copyright and Intellectual Property Law Restrictions
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5. Disclaimer Of Warranties
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6. Guarantee (FULL FUNCTION and PRO only)
Home-Cost 100% Money Back Guarantee:
Home-Cost provides a 90-Day 100% money back guarantee for FULL FUNCTION and PRO accounts. To qualify you must comply with the following:
Purchase a Home-Cost Full Function or PRO project account (Instant accounts are not eligible).
Your home must be priced out with the use of multiple licensed General Contractors. Projects constructed as an Owner-Builder are not eligible for the Money Back Guarantee because we cannot assume professional qualifications of the Owner-Builder. PRO accounts must use default Home-Cost unit prices and descriptions and not user edited unit prices and descriptions.
Develop detailed construction drawings of your home (including foundation plan, floor plans of all finished floors, front, back and 2 side elevations) consistent with the design and material option choices made in your Home-Cost account. Bid the detailed construction drawings of your home to a minimum of 3 licensed general contractors assuming the same material selections, scope and design as your Home-Cost estimate. The dates of the construction bids must be within 90 calendar days of the Home-Cost report. Take the range of the 3 bids and add 5% to the high bid and subtract 5% from the low bid. We Guarantee that the construction cost developed by Home-Cost will fall within that high-low range.
7. Making a Claim
To make a guarantee claim, submit full size copies to Home-Cost of the Home-Cost report, construction drawings and full copies of the 3 dated, licensed contractor bids with scope descriptions for comparison to your Home-Cost selections. It is recommended to send the material to Home-Cost via an “overnight” courier service to track delivery status and receipt date as opposed to general USPS. Once received, we will review the submitted information and issue a refund for Home-Cost as described above if your claim complies with the required conditions. All submitted claim material is retained by Home-Cost and will not be returned.
8. Modifications / Termination
Home-Cost is hosted on servers located in the United States and is intended to be viewed by residents of the United States and Canada. In the event of any dispute arising out of or relating to this site, you agree that the exclusive venue for litigating disputes shall be in the Courts of the State of Michigan and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.