Okay to Negotiate with Contractor?
This is my first experience working with a contractor. I'm having a new deck built, some cement work and and some minor electrical work. The estimate I received is about $600 more than I'd like to pay. I've received three other estimates, but this is the guy I'd really like to use. His price is comparable to the others, a little higer in some areas, but not by much. Here's my question: Do folks usually negotiate the price of work or do you simply pay what is being asked by the contractor? I negotiate everything else (cars, homes, jewelry) just not sure of the proper protocol here. What should I do? Will they likely be upset by my request or shortcut me in other areas? Your opinion from past experience would be greatly appreciated. Thanks