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I went on a call yesterday for a ho, it's his day off , bla, bla, bla. I was there a total of 4 hours to refeed a ckt his handypeople drove a nail into, hang a fan he started , add a few outlets and a couple light boxes. He hageled the price. I knocked $35 off rounding it to the nearest $50 mark. Guy had the balls to call bitching that I charged a service call to my first hour. I recommended craigslist as a alternative, he might find the budget guy who has no problem working below market value on a Sunday and wished him luck. And the bill does stand, ni credits.
 

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I have a new attitude about pricing when someone has tried to do it themselves or has had a handyman attempt it. I understand that I will get none of the easy jobs. The homeowner and handyman will get all the easy work so I'm going to charge a premium to come in after them.
 

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Dude you gotta flat rate this junk up front.
As repeat business and pt owner of a car stealership I do work for I felt giving him t &m was already a decent break, I did mention if I flat rated the job he would have paid an additional $300. I just dont care anymore, I need to get away from these kind of people, they remind me of government.
 

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So do a flat rate quote and then cut him a break on the price if you want to be nice. He probably would have been more responsive to that deal and you still would have made money and he wouldn't be chasing you trying to get you to work faster.
 

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So do a flat rate quote and then cut him a break on the price if you want to be nice. He probably would have been more responsive to that deal and you still would have made money and he wouldn't be chasing you trying to get you to work faster.
Yes, as of this morning that is already the plan. I do it with everyone else, no reason why he should be different. Don't like my price? There's always a craigslist seasoned specialist out there with some handtools in his trunk.
 

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The more of these threads I see....the happier I get about being a hard dollar bid, medium to large construction guy.
I don't know how you guys deal with this crap day after day.

I would be picking up a high powered rifle and climbing a bell tower.:censored::laughing:
 

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Alway seems like the people you cut deals to, complain the most.
It seems those cheap-o's get fewer and fewer the longer your in business.



QUOTE=Rollie73;1261193]The more of these threads I see....the happier I get about being a hard dollar bid, medium to large construction guy.
I don't know how you guys deal with this crap day after day:[/QUOTE]


Do you not have to argue over change orders or extra work? Or the GC/ customer wanting to pay $0.90 on the dollar? I am sure it's not as much as service guys, cause those jobs are longer etc...
 

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The more of these threads I see....the happier I get about being a hard dollar bid, medium to large construction guy.
I don't know how you guys deal with this crap day after day.

I would be picking up a high powered rifle and climbing a bell tower.:censored::laughing:
I deal with it because the cash flow is way better and the profit margin is way,way better.
The ego part takes a little getting used to but the money is way better in small resi than under $100K commercial stuff.
 

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It's hit or miss. I went on a call at 3 today, sold a sub panel with genny set up. Price of total work$1k, material$250. Was home by 8, customer gladly paid cash.
 

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Do you not have to argue over change orders or extra work? Or the GC/ customer wanting to pay $0.90 on the dollar? I am sure it's not as much as service guys, cause those jobs are longer etc...
Very rarely does something like that happen......as for change orders or extras. I give my price.....if you don't like it I don't argue or negotiate......they are always welcome to get another EC to come in and do the work after we are done.

I deal with it because the cash flow is way better and the profit margin is way,way better.
The ego part takes a little getting used to but the money is way better in small resi than under $100K commercial stuff.
I don't know if the cash flow is much better but the margin is certainly higher. Most of our work is in the 90k to 390k range.
 

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When I get a customer like that I try to make sure I charge enough that they won't call me again.

I started out going for the high end work, and it has followed me ever since, suits me just fine.

You can usually tell on the phone when you're dealing with a cheapskate, that's when I politely give them some ballpark pricing over the phone. If they are indeed cheapskates that will get rid of them without wasting your time.
 

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The more of these threads I see....the happier I get about being a hard dollar bid, medium to large construction guy.
I don't know how you guys deal with this crap day after day.

I would be picking up a high powered rifle and climbing a bell tower.:censored::laughing:
Maybe an older Kurt Russell could play you:laughing:

 
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