Join Date: Mar 2015
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unfortunately in the P&P business it's hard to set your own prices. You just have to figure out what works best for you and how you can make money with the nationals guidelines. There are places to cut corners and you just have to know how, but without compromising the quality of work that could cost you an insurance claim in the future. Perfect example is winterizations. They expect us to pressurize the system for 30min minimum to make sure the system is holding air. In my experience you can tell the second you connect the air lines. I usually connect my hose to the outside spicket somewhere or the laundry one and force all the air out of the water heater. Takes only 5-7 min, while that's happening run around and empty all of the lines starting from the highest point opening and closing each valve. By the time I reach the water heater again it's empty. Then I just pour my antifreeze and go on my way. Takes no longer than 30 min to complete the whole job, and there is no water left in the system. If there is a leak in the system somewhere, there won't be enough pressure to force the water out of the water heater or faucets and I just need to start listening for air or water coming out somewhere. Usually fairly easy. So their 1 1/2 hour estimate that they say it should take, takes me 30 min for an average size house. Grass cuts are the same way. I usually go alone, and I only trim every 3rd cut unless it's really necessary. I also don't trim the same houses every 3rd cut, I rotate so I'm trimming every 4-5 houses daily. No one knows, property still looks good, and I save a ton of time.