11/21/2011 at 2:49:56 PM
I think the worse thing about pricing now a days, is that there are many "cheap" under qualified people doing the work and it's at be mediocre < I'm being polite. So many armchair contractors out there due to DIY and the Mike Holmes revolution. What happen's when a customer chooses the cheapest price is that they get what they pay for. Once it becomes apparent that the work is crap and the quality of product is crap, that customer blames the industry and paints every Honest ethical contractor with the same brush as the "quick fix and duct tape guys".
Now we have to do jump so many hoops to just prove that we have great review's, insurance, a shop, WSIB, licensing, history, and so on and on. There's quite a few ads on this site that shows that, and I don't mind providing all these things for customer's but, I can't give them a price breakdown of each item and can't provide all the above mentioned without incurring cost due to lost time, or man hours for the client to only say "we found someone cheaper" .
Lately, I've been running into quite a lot of jobs in which someone in the past had done "something" and really it was a band aid fix, and now the problem is worse, or you have to spend time removing the band aid, and doing the job right. Which is by all means ok, but it's really hard to convey to someone that they've been lucky that the black tape holding their 220 line together in the wall under the drywall surrounded by insulation is unsafe and we should have a license electrician come deal with this as well as we should look at any other stuff that was done by the guy who did that. I've been in basements that are about to cave in, one house cut roofing bracing to put a 3rd floor staircase to what was an attic but now a 3rd floor, not just one bracing, but about 9, or skim coated foundation walls that turn to sand when you touch them.
Some how, we honest, ethical companies need to come together and put this industry back on track. We need to communicate, consult and not allow shortcuts or maybe's. No more armchair contractors that watch a Holmes on Holmes episode and become pro's. Examples need to be made of these shoe makers, and the honest ethical guys that do quality, we need to make sure we communicate and consult properly. We all know someone's cheaper, and we know, something important is being cut to be cheaper.