(mods - this is not double posting)
I've seen so far five estimators, who came basically to measure my home and send me written proposals. They were very limited in discussing options of equipment and designs with me. One tech had the nerve to tell me that he was on a limited time schedule and that I should hire an engineer to design a system by specs because he couldn’t help me. He just came to measure. If I asked about VS fan or R22 vs. R410A they saw it as a nuisance.
From previous threads I learned that owners do a better job than an average tech. One owner in this forum even stated that he charges for his time. I would pay!
My question: How do I get an owner to see me, rather than a "walking measuring tape" tech? My hunch is that a 30 plus employees outfit owner won't do it. Who would?
I figure that a small/medium size business owner has an incentive to go on a sales call because he wouldn't pay the commission to a salesman. Don't get me wrong. I want the contractor to make money but I don't want a skimpy job made like a cookie cutter. My needs/concerns/priorities are different than those of another Joe Shmo. A car gets you from point A to B but people get different cars with different options. The same is true about HVAC.
Please advise how to find the knowledgeable owners out there.
If one of you guys do biz in Eastern Mass, you have a good shot. I realize that those who participate here are WAY above those whom I've seen so far. Perhaps I should ask the prospective contractors "Do you post at HVAC-Talk?" :-)