Anyone ever been to craigslist.com ? I posted there out of curiousity in the skilled trades section asking for hourly rates to have some general electrical work done. This is the first result. I am totally shocked by this LOW rate. I am tempted to call and see who it is. Electrician? Can't be for that price in this market. "ello- I can assist you for $45.00 per hour. That price includes 2 men with all associated tools. Also included would be; tape, wire nuts, and other minor items necessary to perform the job. Thank You- Eric"
Lots of folks look for jobs at those sites,nice cause you can see who is hiring for what in different cities accross the country.As far as the services advertising sections it looks like the folks "selling" their services are mostly moonlighting folks.Very sad that some people would think nothing of hiring an unisured,unlicensed person to do work in their home or place of business because they think they are saving some money ,a big risk in my opinion.
Truth of the matter though this is something that all of us contractors are always dealing with though,whether it be the goofy old handyman doing electrical on the sly,moonlighters, or the new EC who has no idea that he is charging too little.I live with it somewhat though because these clients that they are taking from me are most likely those bottom 10%,the slow payers,priceshopping people,semi DIY'ers, and general non paying deadbeats that we all would rather not deal with anyway.
In one of the two states where I do my work (VT)a license is not required for single family electrical work(a stupid loophole in the law)so you can't even turn these folks in ....
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45.00 an hour no way for 2 guys i am a small shop with low OH but if i sent myself and a helper for 45.00 an hour i would lose my ass unless my trip charge was 125.00 than
these hacks are ruining every trade but this crap is becoming common epspecialy in electrical work where the owners figure well he got the lights to come on so i saved money by hiring the "handyman" when in all truth once the place burns down they have actually lost money
Prices like that kill the other Businesses. There are small shops setting low prices with No or little business experience. Dispite working out of your home or car, business overhead, insurance, workmans comp & other costs MUST be place into your hourly rate... When I come across this, my reply is " YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR " I hope these small shops bring their prices to a more realistic pricing.
LK, the sight you referred us to claims that a local electrical union is a sponsor. Find that hard to believe. Got to give the guy credit, though. Since he probably won't get the work from the diy's he gets them to pay him for info. Thats america. Ron
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