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Forum topic by LocalMac posted 04-27-2009 05:31 AM 860 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LocalMac

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04-27-2009 05:31 AM

Okay, LJs, let’s hear your opinions. A friend and I were discussing home renovation and he was telling me how furious he was last year when at the end of the year he asked a local handy man to help him with some finishing. Apparently most businesses charge more during the holiday season and he was forced to pay an outrageous amount extra because it was near the holidays. Tonight on tv I saw a similar situation when a family had to pay an enormous amount extra for a plumber because it was near Christmas. I personally think this is completely unfair. I expect people to charge the same amount for services no matter what time of the year. The pizza guys don’t say Sorry it’s the holidays so we have to charge more for delivery. The paper boy doesn’t say sorry we charge more at Christmas to deliver the paper. Why do tradesmen think their time is more valuable than others during the holidays? What are your thoughts? (Remember keep it friendly)

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 04-27-2009 07:25 AM

It’s an 7 to 3:30 job in most cases. Outside the regular 8 hour work day, is overtime.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-27-2009 07:39 PM

I up my rates ‘til I have the amount of free time I want. If demand is high at a particular time of year, I can totally see charging more to make sure that less people want to hire me for rush work, and that I’m only working as much as I want to.

Tradesmen think their time is more valuable during the holidays because it is: More people want to hire them, ergo more valuable to the customers, and they want to spend more time with their families, thus more valuable to the person doing the work.

If you don’t want to pay the surcharge, have the work done when they’re looking for more work.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#3 posted 04-27-2009 07:44 PM

I think you need to charge a little differently during the holidays. I think doubling your hourly rate is fair enough.

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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