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Old 09-01-2015, 04:57 PM   #41
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31. Buying the materials won't save you anything, if i'm still the one who has to figure them out since i know how the stuff i buy works and goes together while your supplied crap, while serviceable, takes me 3 times as long to monkey with.
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:36 PM   #42
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29. I don't care if you have a thousand more projects coming up soon. The price for this one is still the same.
Then you find out later that another low baller low balled him . He didn't get those thousand projects ! And after the first project the second hack got run off!! It's a vicious cycle !


I've heard it before!! '' but I'm going to build 20 homes this year!!!''


I'm thinking.....Homes?? You call those Homes?
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"I understand you have to redo your driveway this year, oh and take a vacation but you have to pay your bill in full"

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Then you find out later that another low baller low balled him . He didn't get those thousand projects ! And after the first project the second hack got run off!! It's a vicious cycle !


I've heard it before!! '' but I'm going to build 20 homes this year!!!''


I'm thinking.....Homes?? You call those Homes?
"If you're going to be building 20 homes this year, I'll write up a proposal for wiring all 20. You sign the contract, and the price will reflect your discount."
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On top of materials I have costs that you wouldn't even be able to imagine. So just because you write me a cheque for $1400 for one day's work, it does NOT mean that I'm depositing $1400 into my personal account.

Yes I get a discount on materials, although they still cost way more than you think.
No I'm not passing that discount onto you.
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Here's one : yes I have other jobs going . I'm in demand , and never intend to be otherwise .

Also, after your wife came in and decided all the ceilings had to be scraped smooth before we do the floors, I'm trying to figure out how to do yours, the work we actually had scheduled , and deal with the 6 I have lined up.

And no, my guys aren't drinking . it would react with all the medications they are using .

And here's one more....just because its your first tile shower, doesn't mean it's mine , and I don't care what some goober says online, I'm doing it where it works and won't bite either of us in the butt.
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14. This is what I do for a living. I've been doing it for over 20 years. I know how to do it, and do it well, how to make it safe for you and your family, how to do it efficiently, and do it so I can make a living just like you.

I refuse to live under a bridge and eat cold wieners just so you can save a few bucks on your $1.25mil house project. I work every bit as hard as you do, so yes, as a matter of fact, I DO deserve to drive a nice truck (like you do), eat a steak once in a while (like you do), take my kids to Disneyland (like you do) and pay my bills on time (like you should).
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Just give 'em the ol'...

"Yea, I DO have it on my trailer, but if you want to use MINE, that $2 part will cost you $14.99...and if you want me to install it, I'll be using my parts. OR..... You could go get one yourself for $2, I'm willing to spend as much as 1.5 minutes explaining to you how to replace it yourself, and we can both get on with our day."
I'm printing these two...........Classic.............
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Almost all of these are 'classics'...ones that anyone in the trades has heard a few times. I was thinking it would be a good sticky so all the homeowners coming here, faking to be a contractor, to ask the same questions could get an idea where we are coming from.

"I am going to redo the basement later, so if you an work with me (cut your price) for this bathroom...." Yes, we know, the basement never comes, you are lying to us and just want us to work for mcdonald's wages.....
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Almost all of these are 'classics'...ones that anyone in the trades has heard a few times. I was thinking it would be a good sticky so all the homeowners coming here, faking to be a contractor, to ask the same questions could get an idea where we are coming from.

"I am going to redo the basement later, so if you an work with me (cut your price) for this bathroom...." Yes, we know, the basement never comes, you are lying to us and just want us to work for mcdonald's wages.....
See post 35.
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I know...I thanked you for that one.
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Also , don't ask me how man jobs I'm juggling , I'm not juggling any ...this is not a circus act .
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Too funny you guys are good

I think about 95% of my remodel work is done in vacant houses condos etc, couldn't imagine having to deal with someone living there

looked at a job a few weeks ago and the people live there full time, so I asked them what they were going to do when I start working, they told me their travel schedule which was a week here, a week there, etc and I told them they should leave and come back in 2 months, they haven't called back

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