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Old 12-21-2018, 01:42 PM   #21
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It's always turns me off when I've shown up to look at a job and there is another electrical contractor there looking at it to. I spend about 15 minutes looking it over and rarely, if ever, will I bid it.
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Old 12-21-2018, 02:19 PM   #22
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It's always turns me off when I've shown up to look at a job and there is another electrical contractor there looking at it to. I spend about 15 minutes looking it over and rarely, if ever, will I bid it.
I've had that happen to me a couple times and left each time. I think I posted about one time here the day it happened to see what others would do.

I find that unacceptable to be asked to wait while another contractor is in there. I'm not going to sit outside waiting for their table scraps.

I'm shaking just thinking about it
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My favorite is when an unlettered pickup truck pulls in as Im wrapping up with a potential client
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Just an example: I offered bid but client said just go for it time and material.. anyways. We cut in power for dining room fixture, installed fixture etc... Took 3 hours, had myself and 1 other guy with me - so I charged my rate/per hour x2 (2 guys full rate) Total 6 hours (if it helps our rate is $117/hr). I didn't charge for material (what was like $50) to bring price down a little.

I guess my question is, should I not charge full rate for the 2nd person? (I know this can be dependent of job). Maybe some general tips on bidding will help.. Thanks guys
Generally speaking, if your doing residential...you hide your rate per hour and you bundle it together with materials and present it as a fixed price. The customer knows what it will cost in advance of any work.


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THIS EXACTLY! Qualify them over the phone, (They can tell you the same thing on the phone as they can in their own home).

One way is to charge a consultation fee to show up and you to share your years of knowledge and training for them to be filtered out- interior designers don't go out for free, why should you? The serious ones will pay for a consultation fee. That way they know the value of your time and how you will protect it.

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