Feedback on quote

Old 11-30-04, 02:29 PM
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I live in the Baltimore area and I received a quote of $1000 to do the following:

Rough-in 7 outlets, 4 recessed lights and 1 regular light box, rewire 2 overhead boxes and rewire phone line from junction box (about 35') to another room. This includes outlets and switches but no fixtures.

The electrician told me that it should take about 5 hours.

Do the quote and timeframe sound reasonable?

Thank you!
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Does he get $175 an hour? The cost of the parts in this job is less than $200, maybe less than $100. Can you get him to break it down to parts vs. labor vs. travel time?

I'd get another quote.
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Thanks for the feedback!

I'll ask him to break it down for me. I'm in the process of getting another quote.

Is there a range or average of hourly rates or does this vary by location?

Thanks again.
Old 12-01-04, 09:45 PM
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You didn't state whether this was new work or old work that involves fishing etc.

Many builders are charging $100-150 per recessed. Does this include permits?
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This is old work and doesn't include permits.
Old 12-02-04, 02:18 PM
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In the city or out in the county?

Are you in Baltimore city? If you are then that rate is not way out of line.

I have to tell you that when a customer wants to negotiate the rate I walk away. I offer the best price I can and then the customer is free to choose the provider who's work they have confidence in at that providers price. Your best bet is to obtain one or more other bids and select the one that suits you.

Quality can be illustrated in the purchase of oats. If you want nice clean fresh oats you must pay a fare price. If, however, you will be content with oats that have already been through the horse you can pay slightly less.
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