My Mother in Law is having a new house built in rural NE FL. The contractor seems pretty high in his estimate---my husband says it's costing over 100.00 per square foot and that he thinks it's more along the line of a 75.00 per squre foot house. Meaning that it's one story, sort of typical ranch like home--masonite siding, very simple roof, no frills at all. However, she got 2 other estimates that were in the ball park though, however one man later told me he really over bid because he really didn't want the job. My MIL "designed" the house herself and while it's not really pretty, it's just a basic house. He told me he didn't want his name attached to such an odd looking house in that neighborhood (which is more upsacle, full brick homes). So, how to figure what is a fair price? While husband says it's a 100.00 per sf home, contractor is giving her bottom line allowances for carpet and kitchen stuff. Like nothing for any appliacnees, no landscaping, 6400.00 for a full kitchen 2.5 baths and that includes coutnertops. Only 10.00 per square yard for carpet. It just seems sort of on the cheap side for a 250,000 house that he is quoting her. And she has already bought and paid for the lot separately. Any advice on how to figure if it's a fair price or not?