Kitchen Remodeling Contract Negotiations
Out of curiosity, how long did it take you to negotiate you kitchen remodeling contract?
Here is our story:
We are doing a full kitchen remodel 200 sq ft (cabinets, flooring, hanging new dry wall). Nothing is too outlandish. We are not expanding the kitchen.
Last year we started just searching for contractors. In July 2012, we found someone we liked so we figured next summer we would give it a shot. During the summer of 2012, he gave us a verbal ball park estimate of $18k. Not too low, not too high compared to other registered contractors in our area. So in March 2013 we returned to this contractor and expected the work to start in late May. We told him we did not want to exceed $22k at all so the budget would need to be below this for any change-orders or unexpected problems. The contractor told us not a problem, but we are still working through the contract -- it's June.
Our first estimate was insane for a small suburb in Ohio nearly 34k (he must of thrown our budget out the window?). Our second estimate came down to around $25k (nothing really changed in the contract - thought that was weird). We are on our third estimate, and took out quite a bit of our wants but the estimate changed by maybe $250.
We have already paid $500 deposit for a Final Estimate. The other thing is we have to work from a list of registered contractors for our city, and he is the only one to have actually shown up and returned calls.
I feel like he is taking advantage of us by accepting the $500 and providing estimates beyond what we can afford. The $500 gets deducted from the final estimate. But I feel like he is purposely dragging his feet so he won't have to work with us.
Is this normal?!?!?