Im located outside Dallas.
In setting up this business, I have had to deal with numerous trade professionals. And I have to pay very close attention to bids/estimates and where the money is broken down. Here's an example of why.
I needed a grease trap put in. I'm a fairly technical person, and know my way around a lot of things. Not that I'm capable of actually doing these things, it just means that I like to know whats involved. The grease trap is a good example. 10 to 12 feet of concrete cutting, dig a decent sized hole outside, pipe it, pass inspection, backfill it in and cement it up. The bulk of this work no doubt is digging that big hole and trench. I received 5 estimates. The range was from $3k to $11k.
Fellas, thats a huge range. All i'm trying to point out is, that If i did not attempt to understand [not the technical side] the overall process thats involved and where the money is being spent, I would be a fool easily parted from his money.
The equipment is in great shape, came out of a functioning Albertsons. Brand new one piece of this would cost over $15k. Used from a local dealer [not installed] would cost over $5k. Now, it's install time
I only seek to be able to decide for myself if one contractor is blowing smoke or not. I'm not trying to be a refrigeration expert. The condensors will be out back in a dog house. The contractor is going to sell me a condensor/compressor for the 5 door unit and i have the original one that goes with the meat case. Yes, I agree, its a lot of work, which I'm willing to compensate fairly for it. But i dont want to be just anotha sucka. Know what I mean?