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Question DetailsAsked on 10/28/2015

Are overlapping estimate time windows not ok?

I have a home inspection scheduled for a 3 hour window, and am trying to squeeze in a few flooring estimates while I have access to the house (I want the flooring done as soon as we close and before I move in). However, when another estimator returned my call and specified that only X:XX time would work, I said "That would be great, but just so you're aware another contractor will be there at the same time. It would be helpful to me to have to explain what I want fewer times." His response was that it was best if they weren't there at the same time, so he'd have to pass. Is that normal to have to make sure your potential contractors don't see each other at the estimate stage? This is 3300SF of flooring - it's not a small job. And I'm really restricted on time and access as we are currently in escrow. I'm not going to use this contractor, but I want to know if I should always expect this. I see it as not putting the customer first (but rather their pride), maybe I have an immature view?

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Obviously they prefer your undivided attention, and not having to work around other bidders in measuring and such - but this is common with subs, where a GC will say I will be there between this time and this other time, if you want to bid that is the time to come and take your measurements and see what the scope is.

I have also seen cases (normally with high-end houses) where the owner or his/her agent or architect says - be there at this time and we will do a walk-through and I will explain / hand out the scope of work, and you will then have an hour (or two or more for full remodels) to take photos and measurements and get what site info you need to do your bid. If a particular contrator does not like that he does not come - of course, the larger the job the better that works.

One thing you did not mention - did you get the concurrence of the home inspector for this ? Though just for flooring contractors I don't imagine he will object.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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