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#194431 - 06/01/10 09:44 PM what would you respond?
Niko Offline
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Registered: 08/17/06
Posts: 358
Loc: Campbell, CA
background on the project: 1200 sqft game room addition being built by a handyman.


Customer: My handyman thinks that the price you have given me for the electrical is too high.

My comment: it is too high compare to what?

customer: well he says it is too high.

my comment: I will call you back with a different quote.

how would you have reacted or responded?

Thanks.
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#194436 - 06/02/10 07:33 AM Re: what would you respond? [Re: Niko]
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Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 402
Loc: welland ontario canada
If the quote was acurrate then tell him that's the quote. He doesn't have to accept it. He can get someone else.

Some people always try to get a better price no matter how good the deal is. Maybe review it and come back with an even higher quote.

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#194437 - 06/02/10 07:56 AM Re: what would you respond? [Re: jdevlin]
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Loc: Brick, NJ USA
My "quotes" were always "FIRM" & "FINAL", especially in the situation of a handyman being involved.
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#194441 - 06/02/10 06:36 PM Re: what would you respond? [Re: HotLine1]
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Loc: Chestertown, MD, USA
Who is the handyman to judge your price? What qualifies them to know your cost of doing business?

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#194445 - 06/02/10 08:03 PM Re: what would you respond? [Re: Jim M]
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I would venture a guess that the 'handyman' also does 'lectric wirin'. He now knows what a pro wants to do the job & he can do it a lot cheaper!
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#194447 - 06/02/10 08:30 PM Re: what would you respond? [Re: HotLine1]
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Loc: Pa
I would tell them that is the price. I would next ask so what does the Handyman plan on doing? Does he have a permit? Liscense? Insurance? I personally would charge more to deal with the handyman. Might be a sign to cut and run. Its your call, are they pushing hard?
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#194449 - 06/03/10 12:50 AM Re: what would you respond? [Re: Obsaleet]
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Registered: 08/17/06
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Loc: Campbell, CA
I held my self back and i didn't respond in a bad tone. Depending on the client i sometimes adjust the price.

I will stay firm on this one. I think the client is testing me to see if they will get the price for lower. I don't mind if the client wants to negotiate, but in this case it is a different story.

Thank you all for your replies.
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#194450 - 06/03/10 06:28 AM Re: what would you respond? [Re: Niko]
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Loc: Miller Place, NY USA
niko, If you think your price is fair, don't budge. I agree with HotLine1, the handyman is looking for more money in his own pocket. Were any permits pulled?

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#194455 - 06/03/10 03:49 PM Re: what would you respond? [Re: petey_c]
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Loc: Campbell, CA
permits are not pulled, (customers choice) but the handyman is doing a good job, (as far as i can tell) all looks good.

i will let you know what happens.


Edited by Niko (06/03/10 04:00 PM)
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#194458 - 06/03/10 05:57 PM Re: what would you respond? [Re: Niko]
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Registered: 06/16/04
Posts: 1280
Loc: Sacramento, CA
Sounds like fishing for price information...

Free-riding again...

With a handiman in the loop there was no prospect that you'd get such a basic job -- especially when the addition will occur without a permit.

In my jurisdiction, now that times are slow, the AHJ LOVES to cite un-permitted construction. Typically the handiman is an unlicensed GC.

Game logic may dictate that it's better to have this critter spanked -- and sidelined -- versus staying quiet.

The customer-prospect has zero value: you'll never see a dime out of him.

The construction trade is too crowded right now.

Do you want to survive or be part of the food chain?
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