Contractor Q - Charging by the hour?
I've been trying to get quotes for a bathroom remodel (OT, a know). I found someone I like, who has worked on many projects with my plumber / neighbor (someone I trust). He came over and measured, and seemed very interested in the job, but never came back with an estimate. We've been exchanging emails, and I felt he was waiting for me to make ALL the decisions, even suggesting that I get a flooring quote myself.
Now that I have gathered all this info, he now writes:
"Sounds like you are getting nice things and taking the time to make good choices. For a project like this, where you are supplying just about everything, I would like to charge by the hour. It's hard to know when I'll be needed and with you doing the scheduling, I'm basically just on call as needed. I promise that I work just as hard whether it be an hourly rate or a contract. My rates are....". he then gives a reference.
I don't understand what he means. Who benefits from this sort of arrangement? Does it sound like this person even wants the job? I am not really knowledgeable enough to be the GC but I would consider it. Thanks for any input.