I have pretty much stopped doing any remodeling or construction work for anyone but myself for the the last few years. I called a few roofing contractors for a small job I need done. Quotes were all over the map for a 16 square metal roof install.
The last guy that came out ask who else I got quotes from. Normally I don’t divulge competive bid information, but since there was such a large difference in quotes, I was courious as to what was going on. I told the guy the name of two of the contractors.
He tells me the price of the first one within a hundred bucks, and it is twice his price, because the guy is covered up with work. Says “If I had his work, you would have got the same price from me, but I’m slow right now.”
Seems like they qoute double thier normal rates for small jobs when they are busy, and will cut thier prices some when they are slow. ” If we get it at the higher price , we make a kill’n, and if we don’t , we still got plenty of work.”
In 30 plus years of construction and remodeling work, I have never used that approach to bidding work. I quote or bid based on the job, not my schedule. I always figured that screwing that one client would come back and haunt me at some point. not mention being on my conciouse forever.
What do you guys do? Is this the new “ethics” of doing business?