$800 for 2 light fixtures

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Old 10-13-16, 09:21 PM
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$800 for 2 light fixtures

I worked on a home today, vanities in three bathrooms and new granite tops, very nice home.
The lady told me she had 2 new vanity lights installed prior to my work by an electrical contractor.
One vanity light was a simple install.
The other required an old work box about 5" away, the patch to cover old box was poor at best.
$800.00
Can anyone help me vent on this? The lady was not even upset, I would go berserk.
Customer provided light fixtures. Unreal.
 
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Old 10-14-16, 03:31 AM
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I have often said that I will never get rich being a contractor as I have too much of a conscience to ever offer a bill this outrageous and still be able to sleep at night. I think I charge $25 to $35 to install the light if it is part of a regular bath remodel, more if it is a stand alone service call. But $400 per light labor only? Never.
 
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Old 10-14-16, 03:51 AM
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A friend at work needed some painting done, and received estimates ranging from $3k to $13k. He figures the $13k was because he lives in a nice neighborhood, and the painter figured he'd put in a high quote in case the owner had more money than brains.

I've had quotes for work at the house where I'm completely out of my knowledge zone. I'd be willing to pay for a knowledgeable third party to come in to assess, and say "yes, this work truly needs to be done, this would be a fair price" or "no, this guy is blowing smoke". The $400 light install lady could have used a guy like that, if she'd known to ask.
 
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That's why it's always best to get multiple estimates before hiring work out. It always amazed me at the price a few competitors seemed to get by with charging. ..... or some of the shoddy work some would get by with and the customer not be overly disappointed
 
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Old 10-14-16, 09:02 AM
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My son worked for a contractor while he was going to college and this contractor did work in a ritzy, high class location. Some of the charges he would tell me about were at least triple or more of what someone in my neighborhood would charge. A couple of the guys that worked for him also did work on their own and told my son what they charge depends on the location.
Hey, if someone's willing to pay more because they can afford it, what's wrong with that?

On the flip side, some rich people are so cheap, they don't even want to pay a fair price.
 
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Old 10-14-16, 09:33 AM
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I used to visit an electrical forum. I quit when one of the regular posters bragged about charging an elderly woman $125 to reset a GFI in her bathroom. He went on to say stupid old women are. What really tee'd me off was that several of the "regular" posters agreed.
 
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Back before the internet I had a friend that owned a junkyard. He had a real thick book that listed all the parts that were interchangeable. He told me that a certain year Cadillac and certain year Impala/Caprice used the same windshield. If some one called wanting a cadillac windshield he charged more no matter which vehicle it came out of, the reverse was true if you needed a chevy windshield [charged less]
 
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Old 10-14-16, 11:07 AM
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What gets me is this lady might be rich or might not. The house is maybe $550K which in Ohio or somewhere might be the same as $200K or less.
The company should have warned her that she call the wrong place, it's like they "must" charge a certain amount.
Homeowners should try to get 3 bids and not be in a hurry, it would have paid great in this case.
 
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Old 10-14-16, 04:14 PM
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$125 to reset a GFI in her bathroom.
Sadly, I would also agree with that one. It is fairly typical for a service call to be a flat $125 whether your there for 5 mins or 1 hour. Now, I would never call a customer stupid. I would have taken the time to explain what I did, and how to fix it next time to avoid the service call charge. I have also been known to try to help a customer over the phone (or e-mail/text message) to try to fix the problem to help them avoid a service call charge.

I feel (or hope) there is some info missing in the $800 bill. Perhaps that includes the cost of the fixtures?
 
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I feel (or hope) there is some info missing in the $800 bill.
This is labor only, less than one hour.
~$260 to install each light, plus $260 to move the electrical box.

Lessons learned I guess.
 
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Wow $800.00 for parts and labor that is really unreal. But on the other hand there are people who are very rich and to them that is just loose change. I have been watching on Netflix a show I think originally aired on HGTV called Million Dollar Rooms and the host Carter Osterhouse took you all over some very expensive estates including some outdoor spaces. I just looked at one house where for just one fixture alone it cost them over $3000.00. Way out of my league I can tell you that.

Must be nice to be rich but as far as I am concerned the rich have no taste as far as decorating is concerned and spend way too much on what I call for the most part junk. I guess you have to be ultra rich to understand their way of thinking.
 
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Did this take place in California? I'm not surprised.
 
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Old 10-15-16, 04:22 AM
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Did this take place in California? I'm not surprised.
It took place some in California but also in New York State and many other states. If you ever get a chance to see the show Norm201 it will really blow your mind and you will be thinking like I was why do they need that? One guy had built for him a mahogany slide going from one level to his house to another. Why did he do it I think because he just wanted a bit of whimsy but it was totally unnecessary. Another person who lived in Los Vegas wanted a casino in his house with carefully made chips that had his pets pictures on them and the list goes on.
 
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I just changed out a light fixture over a kitchen table for a lady and charged her $80. I feel I may have undercharged her.
 
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But not over charging makes most of us feel better about ourselves and a company/contractor that doesn't over charge is more likely to get called back for the next job or get referrals!
 
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...why do they need that?
Life would be pretty boring if we were only allowed to have what we really needed.

Do I NEED my electric riding lawn mower? Absolutely not but I still WANT it and as long as I am the one paying for it, why not?
 
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Life would be pretty boring if we were only allowed to have what we really needed.

Do I NEED my electric riding lawn mower? Absolutely not but I still WANT it and as long as I am the one paying for it, why not?
I agree with you Joel it would get rather boring if we were only allowed what we needed. I just can't see buying to excess though. An example of a recent show where this guy had probably thousands of pinball machines. I guess that is o.k. if you have enough room and he certainly did have enough room but I couldn't see owning thousands maybe one or two at the most. As a boy I used to have one pinball machine that wasn't regulation with a coin slot but I still enjoyed playing with it. After a while it malfunctioned and I believe we sold it at a yard sale.
 
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I agree with you, Richard. My (former) wife called it conspicuous consumption. I can understand having both a car and a truck but I cannot understand having three, four or five cars when it is only one person driving them. I can't understand a single person owning several television sets. I don't know why so many people that don't cook have to have commercial kitchen equipment in their homes.

But I don't understand much of anything when it comes to conspicuous consumption. I sometimes wonder why I have as much junk, er, treasures, as I do, especially when I don't do anything with so much of it. I DO know why I have both a desktop and a laptop computer as the laptop has an RS-232 port, something that few computers today have. I bought a speed controller for my lawnmower and it came with a USB to RS-232 adapter cable but even after installing the software it wouldn't connect to the speed controller. I tried the laptop and it connected first try. But why do I have a SECOND desktop computer, one that I never use?
 
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I cannot understand having three, four or five cars when it is only one person driving them.
If I had the money and enough flat ground to build a garage to house them - I'd have that many or more of course they'd be of the antique or classic variety
 
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That is a special case, Mark. If I had the money (if I had the money I would have the room ) I, too, would have a half-dozen or so classic/antique cars. But I meant just ordinary (non-millionaire) people and just regular cars.

Oh, I DO know why I have that second desktop computer. I bought it because it is about one-third the size of a standard tower (it is an H-P Slimline) and space is always at a premium in my house. Unfortunately, it has some bug that prevents it from going to sleep. I can put it to sleep and it wakes up in a minute or two. I have loaned it to friends when their computer has had some problem requiring major repairs as it IS a good computer.
 
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