Mdchanchi is asking for hourly - rates not bids on the job. He could
ask the contractors to bid a rate, but that may not be a good method of
determining what the job will cost.
Anyway, I don't approve of the blanket
call-three-contractors-and-get-three-bids advice. There may be
substantial differences in quality between one contractor over another.
In some cases, you may not even talk to the person who does the actual
work. In some cases, you may have found an excellent craftsman, but
someone who has trouble making bids or presentations. Some of the best
people don't do bids. And so on.
(Not to mention that you would be wasting the time of two out of three
Better advice is to get a recommendation. If you don't know anybody to
give you a recommendation, find a nicely made deck, and ask the owner.
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