What do I do to avoid this? I am not a builder. I am not a contractor. But I do know something about both. When I sought to have a custom home built two years ago, I researched the house we wanted, bought plans, wrote specs, did everything in great detail. When my package was ready for the solicitations of bids, it included 32 pages of drawings, a complete takeoff for lumber and interior millwork, plumbing schedules, lighting schedules, room finish schedules, quantities for concrete, drywall, roofing, etc., etc. I did various things in commercial contracting for years and used my old estimating skills. I could not get a single builder to quote me the house (it is an exact reproduction of Sarah Susanka’s “Not So Big House.”) I ended up GCing the thing myself, something I really did not want to do.
Now we are done and I am trying to get contractors to do landscaping and paving. Once again, here I am with plans, specs, quantities, etc., and same thing. The contractors do not come back with quotes, once having met with me and taking a set of bid documents.
What is going on?