Having trouble getting estimates
How do I get a good fair price from a decent contractor in a market where they have more work than they can handle?
My kitchen design project is dragging on. I've contacted several GCs in the last couple months.
One gave me just a flat cost that excluded almost everything. My reaction? What the hell am I supposed to do with this--how could I possible budget based on this? That was about a month ago. It took forever for him to reply and I didn't get info from his reply; only contacts for subcontractors. I was ready to write him off but the subs that he connected me with seem really good.
The second that came out never sent me an estimate. And it took 3 weeks and a few phone calls to get his attention before he finally came out. I kind of wrote him off anyway after he started suggesting all these cheap chinese cabinet manufacturers he knew about.
The third, affiliated with the kitchen designer I have been working with, has not gotten back to me. I contacted her and she said that he was swamped like everyone else.
Ironically I've said to everyone that I am planning to go with Barker Cabinets. I tell them they make quality cabinets and I'm willing and able to assemble them myself. They don't even bother to look at the website.
My boss says that every time I say I'm going to do part of it myself (like painting, and I have a close friend that has a hardwood floor business) all they see is the cut they are loosing out on.
I live in the bay area of CA. I'm hearing from everyone that business is booming and anyone that is any good has more work than they can handle.
Unfortunately my kitchen is very small so no one really wants to deal with me. So what do I do? Do I just wait another few years? (please don't say that). Maybe just waiting till after the election is enough.