Posted by BankRobber on March 04, 1999 at 22:23:38:
Seems to be a big undertaking for a first project. When I take on projects the size of Donald Trump’s I will hire general contractors but, for the small residential projects I do, I feel that General contractors are waste of time, space and money. I would definitely buy the appliances myself. I use a regular installer for carpet and vinyl, for large (>$3,000) jobs that I can’t do myself my contractor hiring procedure is as follows: call 20 contractors from ads in the phone book or newspaper. 1/4 of the phones will be disconected leaving 15 contractors. 1/3 of the remaining 15 will never return my call leaving 10. 3 of the remaining 10 will tell me they are too busy to get my job done within a month or that they do not do that kind of work (they act surprised when I tell them they are listed under that disipline in the phone book). 2 of the remaining 7 will not show up at the scheduled meeting to look at the work needed. 1 of the remaining 5 will show up but leave quickly after discovering I am not a complete moron that he can gouge mercilessly or con into giving a lot of money up front. 1 of the remaining 4 will either never qoute the job or wait two weeks to give me a quote. 1 of the remaining 3 will bid the job ridiculously high. 1 of the remaing 2 will bid the job preposterously high. Leaving only one contractor with a reasonable bid that can preform the work in a resonable period of time. Have fun!