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I've been lurking here for quite some time and this is my first post. I just "went out on my own" after spending the last 12 years as a high school woodshop teacher. But, I've been working as a carp for the last 18 years(outta high school, during college, side work while teaching....you get the picture). Recently I have had two separate occasions where people are asking for a specific price breakdown on bids that I have given them. Traditionally, I have given bids, for both large and small jobs, outlining the work to be completed and a bottom line price that includes labor and materials. I have rarely been asked to break them down. Job at hand involves lengthly meeting at proposed customers house to discuss three custom, built-in shelving units, a custom, built-in T.V. cabinet and oak trim in two rooms(two-piece crown, chair, casing w/plinth blocks & rosettes, base and shoe) replacement of wrought iron handrail w/oak handrail, ballusters, volute.... casing a plaster arch....
Customer is a referral, very particular about work to be performed etc., while also being kind of vague. I ask what kind of trim---she says "whatever you think, you pick it out"! So I do. I go through the fun of preparing the bid and give her a price for the custom built-ins and trim.
I get an email stating that I was "much higher" than other bids and that she would like a price breakdown of each individual component of the bid so that she could see where the additional cost is.
My question is this, am I unreasonable in not wanting to deal with this. I kinda feel like I put my time into preparing this picky, vague estimate. Would it be unprofessional to respond that "that is my price for everything-labor and materials"