I would never hire you nor advise anyone to do so. Providing detailed,
professional, honest estimation is absolutely necessary part of any
contract job small or big not only in home improvement but anywhere
Honesty is the only criteria. If you don't have that, none of the details
are needed. now will they make a difference. Are the others necessary? Not
really, I've done $100,000 deals with nothing more than a handshake and I've
been screwed on $300 jobs with a detailed estimate. Honesty and integrity.
Everything else is superfluous.
And based on your response, I would probably not work for you.
You would probably be happier with the less experienced
contractor that does a detailed estimate right up front.
This is a good example of what I try to avoid. If you read
and understood my original response, you would know that I do
a detailed proposal with specifications when a client wants to
use me. I do a detailed estimate for them, I just don't
provide them with the details. I give them the bottom line
with a description of the work that cannot be used by anyone
else to prepare an estimate. Based on that, and their
impression of me and my work (like I said ALL of my work is
through referrals), we can form a partnership to get the
project done. At that point they receive my detailed
proposal, but not before.
I am completely covered up with work because I am better than
most other contractors. I don't need clients that tell me how
to run my business. After all, I am the professional in this
Tell him in a positive way that you're really interested in having him
work on the project but you want to have some things spelled out in
the proposal. He should be happy to revise it. That's been my
You're absolutely right that you need to have the type of roofing
specified in the contract. And ask questions about the material
(what's the fire resistance rating, which brand of roofing, which
style of shingles, warrantees on workmanship and materials should be
specified, etc.). If he really is a top operation, he'll expect to
provide that information, and furthermore provide documentation on the
final invoice for any material with a manufacturer warranty (like
shingles) so if the roofing fails and he's retired, you can have proof
for the manufacturer.
Check out his reputation with the BBB, how long he's been in business
and whether there are any complaints registered. About paying half up
front... I hope "up front" means "on the day the work starts." OTOH,
a deposit on signing is reasonable.
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself!
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