I’m getting an estimate on any large job, it’s important that you get a detailed sheet that includes all of the jobs that’s all under the responsibility of the contractor. My wife and I wanted to install central HVAC in our beach cottage. We knew it was going to be a very large job that would be both expensive and painstaking. My wife looked online for a contractor and we called a few people to get an estimate on the project. All three estimates were widely different, but my wife and I decided to go with the cheapest one. We were happy to save $3,000 on the job. Unfortunately, we found out that the contractor was not going to provide a lot of the services that we thought would be included. The HVAC equipment was not included in the estimate and we had to fight with a contractor to get him to reduce the bill. The HVAC contractor refused to adjust the bill and we entered into a lawsuit to have our money refunded. We had to call an entirely different HVAC contractor to complete the job and we lost our initial down payment in the process. Thank goodness the court decided in our favor. The HVAC contractor was forced to refund our initial payment and pay for the court fees. We certainly learned a very valuable lesson about contractors. Anytime you have work done, make sure you read the estimate in detail so it includes everything! A different judge may not have found in our favor and we got lucky.