I posted about my recent efforts to get quotes from contractors to replace my deck railing, which desperately needs replacing. I did end up receiving four quotes... Three of them in the 2,000 dollar range, and one that came in at $6,700!
I could not then, nor can I now understand why one bid was more than three times the estimate of the others, but I chose one of the other contractors, and have since scheduled the work. I thought nothing else about it, until I received this e-mail today.
Just checking in with you again to see if you made any final decisions on your deck repair. Please let me know if you want us to keep your file open still.
(Name blocked to protect the stupid)
Mr. 6,700 dollars wrote to see if I had made up my mind on a contractor. I decided to reply, and to let him know where his bid stood.
B__ - I have chosen a contractor from among four bids, but thanks for your interest. I should mention - in hopes this will help you - that your bid for the deck was more than three times the price of the other three bids.
Thanks again for the estimate.
Well, I expected to hear back from the guy - perhaps with an explanation for why his bid was so high. But I don't think he closely reaid his email... Here's his reply:
Thanks for getting back with me. Let me know if I can be of service in the future.
You know what? I don't think this guy has much of a future in home construction. Maybe he can find work as a purchasing officer at the Pentagon!