Join Date: Apr 2015
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As long as we're having a good old fashion bitch session, I'll throw in my 2 cents.
First, I disagree with any "pricing forced" on anyone.
It is agreed work for agreed pricing. Feel free to say no.
If you got jacked on BATF, well that's your fault. Always say no. Bid...period. Do you go to a restaurant, order a meal, consume it, and then discuss with the owner the value of that meal? Hell no! Agreed product for agreed price.
Trust is not given, it is earned.
BATF is a game of trust and no national, regional, or Bob's Preservation is to be trusted...unless they have earned it.
GTX63 (where is he lately?) said it best.
"Don't want to be treated like a dog? Stop eating the dog food."
OK...with that rant off my chest, I will agree the CYDs is a tricky one. I have had better luck overbidding the work and underbidding CYDs. Seems to come out about right and the bids get approved. This way final invoice is not tied so heavily on correct CYD count.(things like brush and tree trimming) If it's a straight trashout, you'll just have to spend a bit of time documenting load and size. Once again, feel free to say no. If you feel it's an easy one for them to screw you on, don't do it. If it isn't profitable, don't freakin do it!
I got a Post and Store/trash out order yesterday. Wells Fargo has an allowable for relocating debris. However, they won't pay to relocate personals to a storage garage, and then reload on a trailer in 30 days and dispose. BS. I said no. It's not profitable for me to sort through a house of full of stuff, rent a storage garage at no profit, make one trip to the garage with personals to undload, return and get trash and go to the dump, return to the garage in 30 days to load personals, return to the dump and dump personals.
Who can do that at $50 CYD?....not to mention the huge liability if you dump something that the owner later says had "extreme value".
If I'm going to lose money, I'd rather do it from the comfort of my home, sitting on the couch watching reruns of Two and a Half Men.