Why the short cuts?
He doesn't have the resources or time to make sure he's got the proper equipment and supplies. He doesn't have time to do all the little extra things that truly make a difference in not only the aesthetics but also the performance of your new flooring. These things I know because I have been there and done that. I have sub contracted for most of my career. Unfortunately these relationships don't work out to good as the typical retailer tends to treat their sub-contractors like employees, controlling things like measuring, pricing and scheduling. Few informed conscientious installers are able or willing to deal with retailers on a daily basis because they cannot afford to do as good a job as they would like. It's true it costs money to run a flooring installation service business, however precious few retailers acknowledge this fact by treating their associate installers with dignity. Instead they treat them like a commodity, as mere laborers. It is like attrition for installers, most are hanging on or just getting by, even with all the short cuts they are taking. This is why we have sort of this erosion in standards. It is like a love hate relationship between installers and retailers. It is like this all across the land. The good news is there are still some of us installers, few and far between though who refuse to limit ourselves by wholesaling our skilled labor to greedy retailers.