Is it rude to ask a deck contractor for a written bid?
I've never had a deck built before so I'm new at all this but I thought it should be perfectly normal to get different bids and ask for a written bid. So Saturday I had a contractor come out and they seemed a little put off that I was getting multiple estimates. Right off the bat he tried to tell me there was no way he could build a deck there because my dryer duct and a faucet were in the way. He claimed I would have to move all that before a deck could be built.
I asked if we could just put some steps in and have the deck go beneath all that and he said "Oh.... yeah, we could do that." He was then kind of rude and abrupt the whole time. Finally when was about to leave I asked him for a written estimate so I could keep track of who offered what. He kind of stuttered like it was a strange request and then said he'd email me one on Monday.
Obviously I'm not going to use this contractor for other reasons but isn't it normal to get multiple bids and ask for written estimates?