Join Date: Apr 2012
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1. I give them a price to clean it up. I bid high because they love to haggle, but I have my rock bottom price noted.
2. Agree on a price at or above my rock bottom price, wait for the work order and complete the work.
If step 2 does not work out they are welcome to have someone else do the work.
I have a come to God meeting with all my customers about "allowables." My definition is that I will do the job for the price we agree upon and not one penny less. That is the only "allowable" way for me to do business. I can go broke lying in bed. No way I am working my ass off to go broke. Once we agree upon a price it is written in stone.
I encourage them to hire my competition for a lower price, but point out that if they think my price to do the job is high then they are really not going to like my price to undo the mess left behind by someone else and then do the job right.
Typically something like that is an emergency hazard abatement. Glass being sharp and nasty to deal with. So I get a $50 emergency trip charge plus hourly rate to clean up the mess. For something like that I would expect to get between $75 and $100 in total for the job and I would not proceed until I had a work order in hand with the agreed upon price clearly written on it. And no BS about the pictures justifying the work. Once we agree on a price it is written in stone.
Car or pick up tires - no rim =$5, with rim = $7
Semi truck tires = $20 each
Paint, oil, etc = $7 per gallon
Auto batteries = $7 each
I recommend you research how much it is going to cost you to dispose of each hazard item. This will help you to set the price you need to get for them. prices can vary from on city or county too so be sure and educate yourself on each area before you bid the work. I learned the hard way that what costs me $40 to dump locally costs over $135 two counties over.
For example, paint costs me $7 per gallon to get rid of. Batteries I can scrap. Paint I do not budge of price to remove. Batteries I will do for free if it means getting the job.
You have to be able to pay all of the costs for the job and make a profit, period. If you cannot do it then let someone else do it.