I have to rebuild a deck before an assessor comes by to look at it.
One contractor who seemed to have some integrity (rare around here) won't give me a bid. Instead he wants to work hourly at low hourly rate. Says it'll take him a week. Other handymen/contractors say it'll take them 2-3 days, but they charge more by the hour.
The last time I hired a contractor by the hour, he ended up charging me twice what he first quoted.
I checked licenses, reviews, etc. of others and they ended up doing such a poor job that I filed a complaint with the state licensing board and the county. The result of that? The county threatened to red tag my house and the licensing board did nothing but go through some meaningless motions.
Any expert advice about hiring contractors by the hour rather than a formal bid - which can change to I suppose?