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Subject:  Re: Low-ball estimate? Date:  10/7/2003  11:57 PM
Author:  dsemmler Number:  41714 of 140317

This (the seemingly low bid) may result from the fact that he is actually the one who will do the work. The other contractors you talked to would most likely send one or two other people to do the work and pay them...around $75-$80 apiece, and pocket the remaining $450 for themselves. Ask the low bidder if he is the one who will do the work, and then call the higher bidders and ask them if they will personally be doind the work or sending out "employees".

He will be doing the work himself and he said he has a helper that would come with him.

Of the other people we talked to, one guy works alone and said he does not have any crew/helpers. Another guy said he has a crew but for a job like this he would do it himself with one helper. And the other company had a crew and the guy that came to the house would not be one of the installers.

From first impressions, we liked the guy that worked alone and the guy with the low-ball estimate, with the guy that has a crew but would do the install being a close second. We have ruled out the other company.

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