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Let’s say I am to remodel my kitchen and need a price estimate from a store. What are my options expressing this in writing, in a more formal way? Quote of tender, tender offer, bid?

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Are you looking for a word to describe the request for a price? Or are you asking how to write a request? –  Janus Bahs Jacquet May 17 '14 at 11:01
A word that sounds formal and is commenly used. –  user70579 May 17 '14 at 11:32

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I would appreciate it if you would provide me with a quotation for Model xxx, inclusive of all costs.


I would be grateful if you would let me have a quotation for Model xxx, inclusive of all costs.

quotation, (informal) quote: an estimate of costs submitted by a contractor to a prospective client; tender.

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Myself, I would regard a quotation as more reliable and binding than an estimate. –  TimLymington May 17 '14 at 11:43
I guess an estimate wouldn't be binding at all, while a quotation or a quote of tender is a binding offer. Wonder why I got this question downvoted? –  user70579 May 17 '14 at 11:56
A quotation is an estimate, it is not binding by definition. If you are looking for a binding estimate you have to come to a formal written terms, sort of legal contract, with your counterpart. A quotation, or estimate are by definition a general idea, more or less accurate, of costs. –  Josh61 May 17 '14 at 12:03
@user70579 a quotation or quote is more reliable than an estimate insofar as it's a written statement. A more binding alternative to a quote "officially" would be a pro forma invoice –  Elian May 17 '14 at 12:08
@Josh61 Correct. A quotation is nowhere near as binding as an estimate. It just sounds more reliable because it's a written statement. –  Elian May 17 '14 at 12:13

As you mentioned, you need an estimate

  • A statement of the approximate cost of work to be done, such as a building project or car repairs.
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