Now that that's done, what do you guys think of the craigslist ad??
Every customer you take for granted today will be someone else's tomorrow.
They call me.
I have had customers call my office and ask this of me.
Originally Posted by DLZ Dan
They Might as well say "Would you mind giving me your markup, giving up the cost of your insurance and surrendering your profit, also please don't include 5% risk to cover warranty work. I can only afford $12 per hour too so use your tools for free."
My suppliers have "JACKLEG" pricing for when home owners who call and price shop.They look out for me when they can.
I don't tell them to get lost, I still give a price, but I include my markup/insurance/Warranty risk/ and standard wage. I have never landed a job when the customer is price shopping, but I have gone behind the tech they hired and fixed it. For full price too. So they paid 40% more than if they hired me to begin with.
I don't do it to be mean or prove a point. This is business, if I let folks burn me, I might as well start flipping burgers.
People that post for cheap techs on craigslist get what they pay for.
That's what I think.
What amazes me is the way some folks think they can literally dictate specs to Pro's. CL poster either thinks the economy is bad enough to get a deal... or he/she has a fatter head than common sense.
I remember a guy a few years ago who posted here... looking for someone to install a Rheem MOD furnace. Guy was the son of a local judge, and had an ego larger than his Dad's. Guy literally thought he was gonna dictate the details of install to the contractor. After I turned him down, I found out I was the 13th (not a typo, the thirteenth) contractor who had turned him down.
Guy was without a furnace, and when it got cold he settled for a hack... who stiffed the local distributor, took the HO's $$$, and skipped town. The local distributor went after the HO for the equipment cost... never heard who won that court case.
Some folks have more ego than common sense... Interesting thing about life is most of them learn the hard way to start using common sense. A few do not... I pity them.
Galatians 2:20-21; Colossians 1: 21-22 & 26-27; 3:1-4; Romans Ch's 5-6-7-8
2 Chronicles 7:14
Quality work at a fair price with excellent customer service.
I need a certified HVAC technician to install a replacement outdoor compressor unit and indoor heating and cooling system. You'll need to also install the line set and charge the system with 410a refrigerant. I will pay you cash upon completion of the job. It's a two-ton Rheem system. You will need to to sign off on my warranty card. I'm only interested in working with a single tech and not an HVAC business (obviously trying to save some money.) I already have the new system and wil help with the install. Email me with your contact information if you're interested. Thanks! Chuck
Found this craigs listing on my local craigslist. Actually see them once or twice a week for my area.
I repair air conditioners to keep people cool when it's 110+ degrees outside.
I repair heaters so people don't freeze to death.
I shut down furnaces that are unsafe to operate.
Make fun of my profession, but dang it, I save lives.
We're awl pawthetic and kweepy and can't get giwrls. That's why we fight wobots.
I love when I get the " I can find that part $30 cheaper online". Then I tell them ok get the part but at midnight on a Saturday when it prematurely fails I will not warranty anything.
I've mentioned this in other threads, and I'm not saying it should be one way or another, but in an internet economy, this is going to happen more and more. The fact is, the installers that make most of their money on the equipment mark-up are going to get priced out. If you are installing equipment, you should be making most your money on the install. If priced accordingly, this ad would not be a problem.
Some people are just clueless.......even when you use small words....
work for labor
I guess if overhead and profit get allocated to labor hours, and no warranty responsibilities, let home owner buy parts and equipment. warranty can be sold separately for 25% of equipment cost. same crap, different wrapping.
"could you pass the duct stretcher?" "whats a duct stretcher?" ugh
Originally Posted by grizzzlle
"whats my measurement off the plenum?" whats a plenum? ugh
I tell the homeowner I charge more if they want to help.
If more government is the answer, then it's a really stupid question.