Freee quotation??

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Posted by: from North York
2/26/2009 at 12:16:05 PM

I contacted a local contractor who advertised "Free no obligation quote" through this website.

I obtained an estimate from him then invited him for a quotation (e.g in writing). We did not chose him due to his poor behavior and somewhat abbusive sales tactics.

Further he freaked out and said that I owe him $500 for preparing the quotation and not going through with his services.

He has called me this morning to tell me that he has put a lein on my home.

Is this standard procedure?? Am I getting scammed??


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Tradesmen in Georgetown
Date/Time2/26/2009 at 11:54:13 PM

Free no obligation...sounds like free to me. Not sure all the details but unless you had the contractor run around for you price shopping then I can`t see why it would cost you for the free no obligation quote.


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Bill from Dr. Reno in Toronto
Date/Time3/1/2009 at 3:45:42 AM

If you did not have him shopping around for you, then he should not be charging you for a quote.

Not a good business practise.

If you are concerned with a lein on your property, check with the land registry to see if one was placed. I highly doubt it. From what I've recently learned, only a lawyer can place a lein on a property. So, I don't see someone paying for a lawyer and going through the headaches for 500 bucks. But, you never know.

Good luck.

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Bill from Dr. Reno in Toronto
Date/Time3/1/2009 at 3:51:22 AM


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Date/Time3/1/2009 at 11:36:33 AM

You dont need a written quote unless you planned to manipulate other contractors with this or obtain goverment money with this quote- I had already 2 homeowners did exactly the same for me.Why do you need a written QUOTE??? After a quote you sign a written CONTRACT which I understand!!!!

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Garry in North York
Date/Time3/1/2009 at 1:43:02 PM

K. Krastev- It is not important to point out the ethnicity of a client, this should have nothing to do with the question posted and can be deemed offensive.

I value a detailed quote for the purposes of evaluating the scope of work and comparing it to another contractors quote to better make an informed decision.

My expectation of a detailed free quote would just be to state the scope of work and expectations from the contractor. This would not require much shopping from the contractor to prepare but rather to just clarify the work.

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Date/Time3/2/2009 at 11:15:17 AM

SORRY for the pointing - APOLOGY,, will ask the staff to remove it- In the future will keep this in mind . Never intended to offend anyone,, EVERYTHING else stays AS IS

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Tradesmen in Georgetown
Date/Time3/2/2009 at 3:57:22 PM

Hi Garry,

If all is as you state then this contractor maybe has empty pockets. It`s too bad that he has not stopped by this forum simply because there are two sides to every coin, HOWEVER...I have heard this many times over myself from clients and other contractors so i`m sure you are not making it up. My advise is to speak to this contractor again to clarify what you are paying for, remind him that a free estimate/quote is and should always be just that, FREE!

I always provide free estimates to everyone unless they live really far away, I will simply charge them a fuel/travel charge. It works for me. Good luck with that Garry.


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Date/Time3/3/2009 at 5:05:08 PM

WHAT happened with your answer to me!!??

Here I`m again I did not finish yet here what i see from your own words

1) contractor came to you gave you an estimate

after an estimate you asked him for a quote - so you was satisfied with his estimate already!!!!! right!!!!! did he came twise to your house?? or once

Then suddenly you choose another contractor you say poor behavior-- WHY you did not avoid the guy on the first meeting when the estimate was!!????

Let me tell you what I think this will be most probably my last writing here

If I`m right(i sure could be wrong as well)

I`ll take you to court too to pay for my loss if I come 2 -3 times to your house and then sudenly you choose another contractor

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Date/Time3/3/2009 at 5:26:30 PM

EXACTLY!!! this if read by other contractors will change their mind completelly if to use this site or to moove to another service

I have suscription to 6-7 sites.. There there is no limit of radius, but there are no leads to come to you automatically as well. I still like this site

I`m pretty sure none of us new abot this big bug here

I discovered it accedentelly

see the irony here

When (in the same searching engine) you type postal code-- you are limited in 25 km radius which is RIDICULAS!!! LOW,, when you type city then your radius is 60km - - for me this does not make any sence. at least if they were both 60 km- i would understand it.. But even 60 km is low..

I hope the HC read this because this is a VERY MAJOR thing ..

EXAMPLE ,, 2 3 years back ebay was on top of the game in everyway.. then suddenly they changed policies against sellers . now they have OUTRAGE, and people leaving them for ever!!! I`m one of them,, ebay is dying because they dont listen to people than make them the money.And sudenly 2-3 other sited started emerging- EBID and IOFFER . The same thing here will happen- i got only very few jobs for full of the reason is this bugs into the search engine here, other --economy ect

See that even when you search from your own postal code you dont come in first place!!! Check it out if you did not guys until now

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Bill from Dr. Reno in Toronto
Date/Time3/5/2009 at 11:02:38 AM

Dr. Reno's prescription for K. Krastev:

A BIG bottle of valium and an English tutor.

Lighten up K.

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Date/Time3/5/2009 at 1:30:10 PM

Thanks Bill- looks like you're the only one to step up & say what we've all wanted to.

And K.- we're trying to DRAW people to the site....

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Shawn from Arrow Contracting in Vaughan
Date/Time3/5/2009 at 7:50:31 PM

I have been thinking the exact same Rx, and didn't quite know how to phrase it politely. Well done Bill.

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Tradesmen in Georgetown
Date/Time3/13/2009 at 9:53:13 PM

lol, Good one Bill, after all you are the doctor. lmao


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Karen in Winnipeg
Date/Time3/15/2009 at 5:09:17 PM


I am a home owner researching contractors in my area. I have to say that I've seen many postings by you on the message boards. I think that you need to chill a bit and realize that we homeowners aren't out to rip you off. We only want to get the best for our buck, just like you, Your response to many of these postings would definitley make me think twice about hiring you.

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Wendy in Guelph
Date/Time7/15/2009 at 10:01:44 PM

I've been reading through all these and come to the conclusion that I will be safer to do the home reno's myself thank you very much!

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