While I thought the first estimate of $6,600 for a new roof was considerably higher than I expected I had no idea what I was about to be handed today: an estimate for $11,000 from a chain known for home improvement discounting. Bleahhh!
When I couple this with a very unimpressive estimate we received a few years back from Sears for a new central a/c & heating unit, I feel pretty secure in saying I will stick with the truly local folks in the future.
What's really ironic is the firm who did the estimate for $6,600 offers the same roofing material as an upgrade option that was offered with the $11,000 bid, and they only charge an extra $2,100 for it, bringing the revised total to $8,700 for a comparable estimate. By contrast, today's estimate offered a downgraded only lowering the price to around $10,000.
Just in case someone is tempted to lecture me, the firm which gave us the lower estimate has been in business around this area for a long time -- and they are bonded and insured. They are reputable. They provided several pages of references, both residential and commercial, something today's guy did not.
I have several theories. Either the national chain is relying on people who are lazy and making assumptions that theirs will automatically be a competitive price, or they are jacking things up to offset their emphasizing how affordable it is with their 0% financing, which is interesting in and of itself after I got a sermon regarding how some fly-by-night firms will dick you over with their con games. Or both. Or tacking on an exorbitant amount for the "transferable" warranty. Or all three. Or all three and more. I am not a fool.
"I know you are but what am I?"