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Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Re: Hiring Contractors - Are component/part prices typically higher than online?
I have a very good relationship w/ my yard. I don't have them do much work but when I do, I don't mind paying the bill.
A little off topic but what really gets my goat is the garage door contractor that charged me for driving to AND from my house based on their shop distance. I wouldn't have a problem if I was the only customer of that trip but they consolidate service calls by area and the guy even told me he was going to another customer a few miles away. WTF? You know they were going to charge that customer to/from also.
And the plumber that did the same. Same plumber also TRIED to charge me for the half hour it took to stock their truck that morning because "we don't know what we might have to do at your house". Excuse me? Keeping stock on your truck is part of the job, not by responsibility to pay for.
I'll see your plumber and raise you an Air Conditioning contractor that wanted to charge us for a round trip back to his shop because he forgot to bring his tank of compressed refrigerant with him when he drove out to our house the first time to deal with a low freon warning indicator!
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