If a contractor makes an offer on a small job, is it considered standard, proper ettiquette to undercut their offer? Because if it is okay to ask them to perform the work at a lower price, I'd like to do that, if possible, if it's within reason.
What's going on: I'd like to hang a large mirror in my apartment. (My landlord gave me the okay.) The mirror will cover almost the entire wall. A glass company sent an estimator out to my apartment. He checked out the job, took some measurements and then told me that they'd get back to me with a price in a few days. Three days later one of their sales reps called and she quoted me a price of $900 for their guys to do the work.
So...can I turn around ask the glass company to install it at a lower price? Can I tell them, "$900 is a little out of my price range. But I would do it for....(x amount)" Big question: Is it within the realm of standard business ettiquette to undercut their price with a counter offer or will they be insulted? How much lower in price could I, or should I, ask them to do the job for?