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Feb. 15th, 2007

Rennaisance Exteriors came over tonight to try and sell me some new siding. And yes, it was planned, as it's part of the overall stuff-I-need-to-do with the house.

Part of the sales pitch was a "guess the final price" game, where I would guess the price and if I was within $500, they'd knock $500 off the price. I guessed $16500, and the actual estimate was $16850. And mine was a pure guess. And yes, he had the estimate written down before he saw my guess.

Of course, they wanted me to sight tonight-- it was a sales call, and even though I said that I wasn't willing to sign tonight, I expected it. I told them no, and I stuck to it. They took it well, but I have other estimates to get and financing to consider, as well as looking at insulation which is more the main thrust of the whole thing.

Still, they did well. Good company, strong products, and a leading contender. And they did a good job on selling me on the James Hardie siding over vinyl.


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Feb. 15th, 2007 12:15 pm (UTC)
Are you going to insulate, wrap and tape seams before the final siding is put up? It makes a huge difference and this is where I've seen contractors fail. The finished siding looks good, but the wrap isn't site, they don't tape the seams etc and those things make a big difference. So if you contract it and it includes things like insulating and wrap, be sure to let them know that you understand how it should be done and that you'll be watching to ensure it is done properly.

Or mabye Mass just has a lot of shoddy contractors. Our experience has been mixed even when we did ride their ass to ensure things were done right.
Feb. 15th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
The tear-off, insulation, and wrapping is separate.
Feb. 15th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
Good point. There are many disreputable contractors that cut corners and leave customers hanging. And sometimes it isn't so much the contractor's company itself, but their employees slacking off when not watched like hawks. That's one of the reasons I like the smaller, locally-owned businesses. Word-of-mouth and reputation make or break them. I've found I get better quality work going that way.
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