Has anyone ever had a similar situation and if so how did you handle it? I found a contractor I like through a recommondation. So far he has looked at a few properties I was interested in and gave me free estimates. He just e-mailed me to let me know that he can no longer continue to do free estimates. Understandable...he wants to charge $30 an hour plus expenses (paid from door to door and time spent researching prices). He figures on the work done thus far it would be around $75 a place. I do know that he usually takes an hour to do an estimate and can not see the extra hour and a half padding since all of the properties were 5 minutes from his home.
These were all time sensitive REO's and he usually took up to 5 days to get to them and give me an estimate. I wanted the estimates before I would submit an offer to the banks to factor the numbers. My agent and I both believe if we had submitted earlier we could have gotten the last one. I have made 3 offers on the places he saw all REO's that had multiple offers and got rejected. So paying him to give estimates in addition to giving him the work is this normal???
My dilima is if I agree to pay him (at a lesser negotiated price)do you think it is unreasonable of me to tell him he needs to see it within a day if I keep him as part of my team? Any input would be appriciated. Thanks.
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