What am I not Getting?
I am not new to remodeling projects...... (Female) and I thought I understood. some aspects of contractor's kickbacks. The contractor I am using bid only for labor and supplies, excluding fixtures, shower doors, tub etc. which I would provide. He gave me a few plumbing resources And of course I have checked other sources. One of his obviously gave me a full retail pricing, while the other gave me the discount. Most of my sources have given me excellent pricing( established large local businesses catering to contractors and designers). I went over the list with my contractor and asked him to have his guy price out my list.
Now, the confusion, I have looked for tile for a very long time, found what I liked then learned the woman I used for my kitchen tile was now with the company that bought her business. She was a known interior designer before opening a tile business and has a great eye. Turns out my contractor has done lots of business with her. I go see her and she likes what I have chosen and says she will work up the numbers and email it to my contractor.
Two weeks later, I meet with my contractor and ask if he has the quote and drawings. Checks his email says yes, I ask him to email me a copy. Two weeks, an email and a text message later , still no email from him. Contact the tile lady, ask for a copy and she says my contractor has it. I ask for Her to send it, she says she is out of office and will send it tomorrow. Three hours later get an email from contractor with a list of the tile and price per foot. No bottom line, which is what I need. The tile lady has not emailed me the quote.
I felt there was transparency with this contractor and now I am questioning my decision. And I missing something? I am the one writing the check. Is the tile lady wrong in not giving me the breakdowns? Sorry for my lengthy diatribe .