Getting Quote for Doors
So, in my long quest to get two exterior doors, I finally made a decision on the doors and hardware & preferred contractor, based on his cost quote.
I e-mail him & ask for a quote on such and such door, model #, bronze hardware, 36 inches, and a 2nd door, model #, bronze hardware, 32 inches.
He e-mails back that he could provide both of those doors, incl installation, for a certain amount.
Huh? He doesn't cite the model nos., state whether that includes door molding/casing, repeat the model nos or color of hinges & threshold, or an estimate of how long it'd take to get the doors in or installed.
I have e-mailed back that I'm going to need a more specific quote than what he provided, so I put in the model numbers, details, hardware colors, etc., and put blanks for him to fill in estimates of time length to get the doors installed. I also put in blanks for him to separate out what he's charging for the doors vs. his charges for the installation.
Is it common just to quote a flat fee for the whole project without a formal sheet listing the details?
As for time length, I ALWAYS require at least an estimate of time length to complete the project. That's because of a bad incident that happened to me years ago (I was left without a floor in my house for weeks in the dead of winter, while the contractor took off to who knows where - I got really sick from the cold, and my heating bills went through the roof).
Am I being too picky? I've never bought doors before. Is this the way it's normally done, you think? Shopping and arranging for these doors has been one of the worst experiences in my history of owning my old house.