Let’s see now: if you need financial advice on how to meet your family’s needs for years to come, would you pick the bargain-basement advisor with few qualifications, or would you pick the best financial advice you can find for your dollar?
Remember, your house is your largest financial asset. A bad decision can lower its value, which will have a major impact on you financially, so do you really want the lowest bidder working on your biggest asset? If you somehow get involved in a scrape with the law, do you want the public defender to represent you? If you need heart surgery, would you choose your surgeon based on how low his/her fee is? As mom used to say, ‘sounds penny wise and pound foolish to me.’
That’s our philosophy. There are only 2 exceptions. One is if you are prepping your home for sale, or if a sale is even a possibility in the near-term, so that your goal is to ‘major on the majors,’ and to enhance curb appeal, rather than to catch every issue – or potential problem – and nip it in the bud, then just let us know which of these directions you’re headed in, before we submit a proposal to you. We’d be delighted to structure the price and the terms of our Estimate to reflect what your priorities are.
The other exception is that you may be very budget constrained for a number of reasons, and you’ve determined that you can only spend X dollars on a certain problem, no matter what. In that case, just pick your own price for the work you’d like us to do. That is, just tell us what you can spend on a given project, and ask us, “How much work, what quality of materials, etc., can you do for that amount?” Again, we’d be delighted to tell you exactly what we can do under those circumstances.
- What the industry calls “unbundling.” So instead of one price for the entire job, the quote says, for instance, $400 for the new gutters. The fine print though says that there’s a $75 fee to dispose of your old gutters, a $75 trip fee to bring the equipment to your home, a $50 fee for using a color other than white, and on and on it goes with fees for this and fees for that, and when you add all these charges up, they total as much, or maybe even more, than the 1 all-inclusive price that we quote you.
- You seem to place a lot of emphasis on having work documents like Authorizations and Contracts signed and deposits paid in advance as well. Why is that? It is because too many people have not paid us too often for work that we have done. We are owed thousands of dollars in unpaid Invoices. People who have not paid us come from all walks of life, and are of every race, color, religion, creed, income level, and location that you can think of. There is an absence of a sense of shame and also a sense of shared values in our society. I even have one house of worship in Raleigh that refuses to pay what they owe us. You might think that a house of worship, of all places, would be ashamed to do something like that. Not that bunch.
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