Originally Posted by Sunny H
Somehow, that seems like an awful lot for less than 15 minutes work. I know he's skilled, etc. but cheesh ... I can't afford that sort of bill.
I want to touch on this.
Yours is a common misconception.
There is way more to it than the 15 minutes he was actually working. The overhead to run a legitimate contracting business is incredible. The vehicle alone that he drove up in is probably a $35,000+ work truck with probably that much inside of tools, material, ladders, safety equipment, etc.
Then there is insurance, which you being on LI I don't think I have to explain to you. Also fuel, licensing, lost time, traffic, and on and on.
So you see, a real contractor has to charge a certain amount for a service call just to pull up in your driveway.
I find it funny that folks never complain about the $80-$100 an hour that auto dealers charge for service, yet for a skilled tradesman to make a house call
with probably $75,000 worth of equipment folks gripe.