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Old 09-08-2020, 08:44 AM   #1
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/real...Lv8?li=BBnbcA0

Good start, but why didn't they go a little deeper?
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Old 09-08-2020, 10:31 AM   #2
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Ehh. I hate articles like that. I have certainly said things to the effect of "that's what the job costs." I have no problem with that. I am here to make money. Not rip anyone off, but I am not a plumber out of the goodness of my heart or just to have fun.

Somehow, it seems like it has become bad to make money. That is just strange to me.
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Because they dont have the answers. They should have asked any local plumber that is highly referred but not highly visible in advertising.
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Ehh. I hate articles like that. I have certainly said things to the effect of "that's what the job costs." I have no problem with that. I am here to make money. Not rip anyone off, but I am not a plumber out of the goodness of my heart or just to have fun.

Somehow, it seems like it has become bad to make money. That is just strange to me.



I think the article was alright. I do agree their stance on no-sight pricing was a bit harsh, there are certainly jobs that are easy to price. Also sometimes when things are slow you don't care if it takes an extra 30mins on your own time and the firm price gives the customer some reassurance that they aren't going to get scammed. New faucet will cost X is very appealing as they can easily compare prices.





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Many times articles suggests getting estimates and quotes like we are going to waste 40 hours doing just that. You want an estimate sure no problem, it'll be $$$ for 1 hour of my time to spend in your house.

Then they say to ask a detailed parts description before the job starts, sure I'll do that because it'll take 1 hour for me to look up all this stuff up and write it down and spend another 2 hours showing the home owner what I put in and match each piece. That's several hundred dollar bills in my pocket.

Giving the T/M rate or service call fee for a flat rate price on the phone before heading out is the law...

Changing an estimate along the way to raise the price? It's not an estimate it's a contract and a contract you aren't allowed to change the price unless it's a major issue.
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I agree. Any job less than a day's work is not worth a free estimate.
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I agree. Any job less than a day's work is not worth a free estimate.
I get asked for estimates every week to replace a kitchen faucet, replace a toilet, fix this little leak, replace a hose bib etc. When that's the first thing they say or ask the rate right away, I end the phone call pretty quickly.

Many ask "when can you come take a look". In about 3 months.
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I get asked for estimates every week to replace a kitchen faucet, replace a toilet, fix this little leak, replace a hose bib etc. When that's the first thing they say or ask the rate right away, I end the phone call pretty quickly.

Many ask "when can you come take a look". In about 3 months.
I always told them I didn't give estimates on service work. The plumbing in their area tended to be too old to guess on.
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Did anyone notice how stupid the generic pictures used for this article are?
or generic pics in general...

This dolt has what looks like a water meter out to help fix the drain, Among some other useless items.
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Did anyone notice how stupid the generic pictures used for this article are?
or generic pics in general...

This dolt has what looks like a water meter out to help fix the drain, Among some other useless items.
I didnít even notice that, he also has a strange 3Ē side outlet basket strainer and a long rubber banana tube
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