Paranoia about contractor?
Hi - I've appreciated everyone's help, and I've had something come up that is making me uneasy about the contractor we've just signed a contract with. (Yes, that's done, and we've paid a relatively small deposit.)
The job is our Master Bath, which includes a small addition and rearrangement of the bath. We interviewed a number of contractors, visited jobs they had done, and gotten references. We're in NJ, which makes it harder lately - lots of contractors are mired in Sandy recovery still.
But here's what made me tense. When we were reviewing the contract language, based on a drawing done by an independent architect (who had done work with the house before we bought it), I asked about adding a clause to confirm that all millwork and wallboard would be US-sourced. I had done that with our Kitchen remodel in 2012, and there was no problem.
The answer was no, because "it isn't specified in the drawings. But of course we'll use US-sourced millwork anyway." DH thought that was fine, but I'm uneasy. Since when does the lack of a level of detail in the floor plan tie my hands dealing with the contractor?
Separately, we have some windows to replace. We had done some of them at the time of the kitchen, and we wanted to use the same windows, and so we had an idea of what the cost might be. Their quote came in quite a bit higher, so we asked if they could break it out by window unit, so we could understand the quote, and maybe prioritize the windows that were in the worst condition.
The answer was no! They "only quote jobs as a whole", and won't break out components. We said fine, forget it for now, and may try to beg the guys who did it before (now working on Sandy projects).
But these two situations made me nervous. DH says I'm over-reacting and too paranoid, but I've been in sales, and I can't imagine ever responding to a client that way. (Oh, and in advance of signing, they didn't want to tell us who the project manager would be - but they finally gave in. How nice of them.)
So am I crazy? The work we saw WAS good, and the project mgr is very experienced and has been responsive otherwise, but it's nerve-wracking.