Thanks for the feedback…but I don’t think I am too worried at this point…I have thought it through a lot…here is my thinking…
The guy has really great references…spoke to them myself and I also went and saw his work…he has been to my house 4 times…the first for the original estimate, a second when I decided to add s&f to it (he could have just as easily faked that and just given me an inflated bill)…he came back to my house a third time to show me a new sample of different color shingle…he lives 30 miles away…I doubt that he would do that, on saturday evening to boot, if he was out to screw me.
Maybe he is going thorugh a divorce…maybe he is a small-time guy and simply prefers cash because other folks have screwed him on a bouncing check …who knows…
Not really any of my business as to why he asked if I could pay him cash. He didn’t insist, he asked.
A personal check does NOTHING to protect you anymore than a receipt does…the only thing a personal check from me would do is show where he deposited the money. Either a check or a receipt would show that I gave him the money. The signed contract shows the reason WHY I gavc him the money. I dont feel too woriied from that perspective. Its not like I have no written contract or receipt. I have a copy of his drivers’ license, and I will have a copy of his insurance info before he starts…and I have a detailed reciept, signed by a witness.
Compared to the other contractors, I think he is giving me a pretty good price given the extras he is doing overall…he was very detailed in his original quote as far as what I would get…WAAAAAAY ,more detailed than any of the other 5 contractors who gave me a bid…he was Ok with my buying the skylights from home depot so I could get a better price versus the price from his supplier and put it on my credit card so I could get the free financing for a year…in fact he suggested that…hardly sounds like a guy out to screw me.
If I go to a local shop owned by just a plain old guy (not a walmart or soemthing I mean), there is no difference if I pay for something by cash or check…in either case I get a receipt. He may or may not report that money…how is one to know?? How do you know that that shopkeeper is paying his insurance and workers comp and everything else? You dont.
I dont think its fair to burn this guy without knowing him…maybe he is trying to dodge paying more to his wife in alimony (I have a couple buddies going through difvorces, so I could understand that if it were the case) or maybe he is trying to cheat the tax man (which I do not condone)…or maybe he likes to collect the cash so he can go home and roll around naked in it…why do I care?
He could have just as easily gone to a quick-cash place and cashed my check…would have been the same net result.
Warranty-wise – When we bought our house, there was a signifigant project done to the yard right before we bought it…well it truns out the contreactor did a lousy job…we had acopy of the check the previous owner had…and we tried to contract the contractor…we were out of luck ast he contractor was already out of business…so a personal check guarantees NOTHING I have found.
As far as the beer money, I am the one who brough it up originally.
I grew up old-school and these days in my profession I deal with a lot of work crews as a video and events priducer…I have been taught t oalways be sure your crew is happy…a couple beers or lunch or even cold water goes a long way to keeping acrew happy in their work. Having been on work crews before, I KNOW thats true. So when I have work done on my house I offer beer or soda etc…
He DID say that he would not allow me to offer beer to the crew during the job, but after was OK.
And come on…none of you guys drink beer after a hard days work? I personallydont drink at all…but I know a lot of guysDO like to throw down a cold one after a hard days work in the sun and heat.
I would wager that here may even be someone out ther right now throwing back acold one whilereading this (long) post…
Oh, and we did finally do OK on the color stuff…the colr of the OC shingle he brought out the second time is PERFECT!