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Old 06-01-2020, 02:34 PM   #1
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How To Screw A Contractor: Lesson No. 28394.


Last week, I got a text message. Guy wanted some work done and asked if I had time to stop by and take a look. I said it would be later in the week before I could get there to eyeball it.

He then told me what he wanted done, and I was able to look up the property on Google street view and price the job that way. I text him the price, and he approves it. We schedule it for this morning.

So this morning I go to the address, perform the work and present him with the invoice (oddly, it's the same $ amount I quoted.....). He looks at it and says, "What about a credit for your estimate?"

I've never heard of a 'credit for an estimate', so I ask him what he means. He says, "Well, since you didn't have to drive here to look the place over to give me a price, I figure since you used the internet instead that saved you a couple hundred bucks. So you should deduct that from the invoice."

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Old 06-01-2020, 03:31 PM   #2
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Re: How To Screw A Contractor: Lesson No. 28394.


Wow, talk about chutzpah, that's truly insulting, what did you tell him?

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You have got to be kidding me...
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Old 06-01-2020, 06:39 PM   #4
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Re: How To Screw A Contractor: Lesson No. 28394.


That's a new one!
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Old 06-01-2020, 07:03 PM   #5
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Re: How To Screw A Contractor: Lesson No. 28394.


Since it was a free estimate, go ahead and take it off the bill.

Heck, I'd triple it.

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Re: How To Screw A Contractor: Lesson No. 28394.


Go back, and give him a bill that cost 125 more with a line item that says 50% off regular estimate costs.
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Re: How To Screw A Contractor: Lesson No. 28394.


I never hear of such a thing...
...I could only guess who would do that...

I know I've run in into a few that would definitely try something like that if given a chance, but now I run from those folks.
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Old 06-03-2020, 07:32 PM   #8
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Re: How To Screw A Contractor: Lesson No. 28394.


That is a new one, makes ya want to just step back, kick him in the pants and say " The estimate was free and so was that"

Seriously, tell him you charge when rolling, so it was left off the bill.
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...just think if he new some clients get a complimentary "hidden door"
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My ol standby, nothing surprises me anymore. Was he a realtor with slanted eyes

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