Well, it's that time of year again... Tax refund is back, so we have a lump to blow. We're getting a half circle on the front lawn, with a short spur coming up kind of along the house, but not really. We got a quote yesterday from a guy that delivers our oil in the winter (he does the oil in the winter, paving in the summer I guess). He wants $1700 for the paving, $1300 for a belgium block border on the whole thing. $1700 sounds awesome to me, but $1300 for the masonry sounds horrible... I just can't believe that's what it costs... He said he'd also move/grade/compress the 20 yards of soil I still have in a pile, since he'll have the equipment here anyway. So that guys wants $3000 for the job. Today, 5 minutes ago, I got a quote from a driveway guy that was here last year... He never gave us a quote last year, just finally figured one out and gave it to us now after I called them as if I was a new customer this morning... He wants $3870 for the job, or $3500 if I have him start monday. Last year, my wife was with me when he came by, and this guy spent 30 minutes trashing all the other paving companies and talking about how customers called him to re-do other company's work. He talked our ear off for an hour, after saying he would come back the next day to do the quote so we could just go in and enjoy our dinner... Today, he seemed to get right to business. I think the orange spray paint markings from yesterday's quote lit a fire under his butt, not to mention last year, I wasn't really that interested in the trashing. I'm more nuts and bolts about it, and my wife likes some color, so I think her not being with me today kind of gave him the idea "Shut up and move" also. He also didn't use a lot of the sales tactics I remember him using last year... I like my saturday morning "No BS" face ... I also don't really like this guy much, too much of a salesman, time waster, etc. It turns me off to a company when their selling points are why the competition is bad to use. Seeing as how they're both over $3000, and I'm in agony spending that much money on a single project here that I think we can survive without a little longer, I'm thinking maybe I'll get some concrete quotes. Is the "shortage" over yet?? So anyway, Company A we only know the guy in a passing way, and his price is lower. Company B is well known and has a reputation, but their price is higher. So should I use Company A or company B? Since they're prices are so close, I'm leaning toward company A right now.