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Old 01-31-2011, 03:17 PM   #46
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I find $325 + materials for a 2 hour service call a bit high. I would file it under "taking advantage of someone in need because you can". I have a 4 year advanced computer degree and cannot charge rates like that.
Wait a sec. What field of computing are you in, exactly?

If I went into private contracting, (not that I want to - I like my job,) I could easily fetch $325 for 2 hours programming Cisco gear during the daytime. That's a bargain.

Also, a lot of "managed IT" companies won't even talk to you off-hours unless you have a kabillion-dollar support contract.

That said, I do take issue with contractors overcharging... which is why I don't hire contractors who overcharge. Get competitive quotes for everything... my only requirement is that the contractor is licensed; from there, it's a race to the bottom.


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Old 02-13-2011, 06:10 PM   #47
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but wow they are painful for someone on a fixed income.

If you're in desperate financial straits, quit putting in 2000 dollar doors and doing elective light re-arranging for aesthetic purposes.

Doors and lights can be purchased for a fraction of the figures mentioned.
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Old 02-13-2011, 08:28 PM   #48
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As far as medical bills and copays are concerned, the thing that drives up healthcare is that aspect of healthcare that has already become socialist in nature. Due to the safety nets in place that ensure emergency medical care for persons who cannot afford it like Medicaid you are paying for more than the service you are receiving. You are in fact, paying your bill and a portion of sombody else's who cannot afford to pay. An ER visit that is reimbursed by Medicaid actually costs more that Medicaid pays.

The upside for doctors on call is that they have a service that fields their calls first so they are usually only getting called at night when it is actually necessary.
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Plumber makes your water healthy and drinkable, that is what you exactly looking for they are best in this field and perform the work in no less time. You know water purification or disease caused by water problems it's a must thing to take steps on water purification and step out of the bathroom without any problem.
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:47 AM   #50
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Plumber makes your water healthy and drinkable, that is what you exactly looking for they are best in this field and perform the work in no less time. You know water purification or disease caused by water problems it's a must thing to take steps on water purification and step out of the bathroom without any problem.
Actually no, a plumber doesn't do that. They make it so that said healthy and drinkable water gets to your house, and to where it is supposed to be. They also make it so that the "used" water makes it safely to where it is supposed to go.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:18 PM   #51
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i recently quoted a homeowner 600 for 8 hours worth of work. and those 8 hours arent all at once. it is about 6.5 one day and 1.5 the next. He required to skylights that are bottomed at 14ft in the air. wants those closed up, and has water damaged drywall to the side. so i would have to cut out 1 board worth of drywall. frame out two holes, repair those, and match the texture perfectly which is a thick texture so it needs a spray rig to do. He tried to tell me my price was very high. and he would give me 300 for it.

He stated that 600 for half a days work is alot. However it is estimated at 8 hours, last i checked that is considered a full day of work. my hourly rate was a total of 75per/hour for two people. and not a hundred what i normally charge. this guy was refered to me. His home is 541k in a nice up scale neighboorhood.

I simply told him i wont do it for 300. my rate stands. and if he wants an inexpensive job that he can use someone else. i do quality work and i need time to do it in. My rates for just spray alone are typically 200 to come out and spray.

Wether my rate is fair or not is a differnt story. I do not over charge for parts but our machines require maintnence. i supply all tools such as blades, drywall tape, compound sand paper. blah blah blah.
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i recently quoted a homeowner 600 for 8 hours worth of work. and those 8 hours arent all at once. it is about 6.5 one day and 1.5 the next. He required to skylights that are bottomed at 14ft in the air. wants those closed up, and has water damaged drywall to the side. so i would have to cut out 1 board worth of drywall. frame out two holes, repair those, and match the texture perfectly which is a thick texture so it needs a spray rig to do. He tried to tell me my price was very high. and he would give me 300 for it.

He stated that 600 for half a days work is alot. However it is estimated at 8 hours, last i checked that is considered a full day of work. my hourly rate was a total of 75per/hour for two people. and not a hundred what i normally charge. this guy was refered to me. His home is 541k in a nice up scale neighboorhood.

I simply told him i wont do it for 300. my rate stands. and if he wants an inexpensive job that he can use someone else. i do quality work and i need time to do it in. My rates for just spray alone are typically 200 to come out and spray.

Wether my rate is fair or not is a different story. I do not over charge for parts but our machines require maintenance. i supply all tools such as blades, drywall tape, compound sand paper. blah blah blah.

Hmmm Closing up 2 Skylight.... Patching 2 holes... and matching texture??? and you were going to charge $600!!!! Ummmmm I would have JUMPED ON THAT DEAL!!!!I tried to match texture 1 time! 1 TIME ONLY! I will never have textured ceilings again!!!!! Matching that crap is a form of artwork.
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Hmmm Closing up 2 Skylight.... Patching 2 holes... and matching texture??? and you were going to charge $600!!!! Ummmmm I would have JUMPED ON THAT DEAL!!!!I tried to match texture 1 time! 1 TIME ONLY! I will never have textured ceilings again!!!!! Matching that crap is a form of artwork.
The skylights were already closed at the top to be clear. I still had to patch the where the entry met with the ceiling. Although i told him it seems high priced, it is not.
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Stoner... I would have paid someone $600 just to match the texture ceiling! I swear the spot I patched bothered me so much I tore down the ceiling and replaced it.
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I heard a joke once went something like: a plumber pulls up to a house fixes the guys toilet and says 'that will be 300$' the home owner looks at the plumber and replies '300?!?! For 15 minutes work on a Saturday, I don't even charge that and I'm a doctor' the plumber replies 'that's what I used to say when I was a doctor'
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I heard a joke once went something like: a plumber pulls up to a house fixes the guys toilet and says 'that will be 300$' the home owner looks at the plumber and replies '300?!?! For 15 minutes work on a Saturday, I don't even charge that and I'm a doctor' the plumber replies 'that's what I used to say when I was a doctor'

I think prices myself are outrageous, but as a business owner i understand that each person has their own bills to pay, and their rates are really supposed to be just an average of what they make in a week. that 300 might cover the fact that they only had one job on one day and 4 the next. so they can still pay all the bills and insurances.
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Pricing,especially for small jobs, is always going to be on the high side.

That's why this site exists!

That plumber that comes to set a toilet for an hours pay--

Pull up to the house in a $20,000- truck,loaded with another $15,000 worth of parts and tooling.

After buying a tank full of gas for that truck that gets 10 miles a gallon.

He then calls into the office to check in with his $15--an hour secretary to ask of the $1500 liability insurance bill was paid. Hanging up his $75--a month phone.

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Stoner... I would have paid someone $600 just to match the texture ceiling! I swear the spot I patched bothered me so much I tore down the ceiling and replaced it.
Haha. Can you say OCD?
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Stoner... I would have paid someone $600 just to match the texture ceiling! I swear the spot I patched bothered me so much I tore down the ceiling and replaced it.
Matching a texture is pretty tough. We usually skim the entire ceiling and re-teture.
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I heard a joke once went something like: a plumber pulls up to a house fixes the guys toilet and says 'that will be 300$' the home owner looks at the plumber and replies '300?!?! For 15 minutes work on a Saturday, I don't even charge that and I'm a doctor' the plumber replies 'that's what I used to say when I was a doctor'
Like this one I also heard lots of stories not abou plumbers, but about handy men in general. But my stories aren't nearly that funny...

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