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#192713 - 02/26/10 03:27 PM How is 2010 shaping up for you?
KJay Offline
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Registered: 11/27/07
Posts: 763
Loc: MA, USA
So, now that we are almost three months in to it, has 2010 been better or worse than you had hoped it would be so far?
Personally, I think it smells like the same dung... just a whole new pile.

On the plus side though, I believe I have found a guaranteed way to loose any small resi bid that comes around these days.
It's the last line on my estimates, which reads, Electrical Permit/Inspection Fee: City or Town of...

Almost every one of the potential resi service customers that I meet with lately to give that "free" estimate to has the same reply when I bring the subject up... You mean you need to pull a permit for this... really...? Oh, I didn't know that. That statement alone is a sure sign that they won't be calling me back for that work.

I don't mean to sound bitter, but unfortunately it seems like the '08 NEC is more of a hindrance than an ally to legitimate EC's in this economy, at least here in my area. Even if the job only involved adding a few circuits, some additional lighting or simply extending a couple of existing circuits, that represents an additional $150.00 just for the AFCI cb's and TR or even WR/TR receptacles that the lowballer who got the job is not going to use or even concern himself with.
That's a pricing advantage I would like to have in this tight economy. smile

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#192715 - 02/26/10 05:20 PM Re: How is 2010 shaping up for you? [Re: KJay]
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Registered: 10/25/06
Posts: 756
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
2010 has been absolutely horrible here. January is usually weak for us anyway, but February has ended up being even worse. Sadly, I don't see any movement on the frontier until the November mid-term elections. The past year hasn't been filled with the "change and hope" that I was expecting.
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#192717 - 02/26/10 05:28 PM Re: How is 2010 shaping up for you? [Re: EV607797]
Rewire Offline
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Registered: 02/23/08
Posts: 167
Loc: Missouri
We have focused on the servioce side for the last several years no our repeat customers are keeping us going

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#192728 - 02/27/10 02:16 PM Re: How is 2010 shaping up for you? [Re: Rewire]
CDS Offline
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Registered: 06/28/06
Posts: 34
Loc: Nicholson Ga
Business not so good here , like other poster , we are trying to focus on service , unfortunately it is slow too .
I think we can make it , but like you say , bidding seems to be futile these days

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#192741 - 02/28/10 04:45 PM Re: How is 2010 shaping up for you? [Re: CDS]
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Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6785
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
FWIW, I hear from many EC's that the comm market here is brutal for bids. Comm reno & tenant fit-ups is extreemly tight bids, and there's no 'loyalty' to any EC's.

I see guys traveling from all areas of the state, even for small resi jobs.
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#192745 - 02/28/10 06:05 PM Re: How is 2010 shaping up for you? [Re: HotLine1]
Rewire Offline
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Registered: 02/23/08
Posts: 167
Loc: Missouri
The advantage to service is you tend to get a more loyal customer as most have been burned by the fly by nite guy. My repeat customers know what I charge so no bid wars.

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#192747 - 02/28/10 06:33 PM Re: How is 2010 shaping up for you? [Re: Rewire]
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Registered: 02/05/10
Posts: 3
Loc: KY
This has been the worst 2 months i have ever had.We have 3 employees that i hope tuff it out with me. Going from40 hrs plus to 24hrs plus is really tough on us all.

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#192756 - 03/02/10 07:03 AM Re: How is 2010 shaping up for you? [Re: mossyoak660]
Rewire Offline
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Registered: 02/23/08
Posts: 167
Loc: Missouri
weather finnally breaking so we are starting a new church this week the phone is beginnig to ring and work is starting to pick up. I have called one guy back and hope by the end of the month to bring back another.Caution is still the watch word but survival looks better each day.

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#192765 - 03/02/10 12:49 PM Re: How is 2010 shaping up for you? [Re: Rewire]
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Registered: 05/17/02
Posts: 9
Loc: Linwood, NC, United States
So far this year is as slow for me as last. See no signs of any improvement on the horizon. Hope it picks up soon.

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#192916 - 03/10/10 06:51 AM Re: How is 2010 shaping up for you? [Re: Belgariad]
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Registered: 02/23/08
Posts: 167
Loc: Missouri
The combination of nice weather and income tax refunds has improved the work picture

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