One other thing: I can't tell you how many times someone I've worked with
didn't know that a toilet seat, and sometimes the trip lever, is extra. The
plumber may be giving a price for a complete setup, and you are looking at
the price of one piece of the puzzle.
Tradesmen usually pay more than what you can get something for at the
BORG. They get better service from their supplier (delivery, back
ordering, consolidated billing etc) and they pay for it. They then
mark that price up to cover their overhead and pass that on to the
customer. Overhead would even be higher if you had plumbers wandering
around retail stores looking for things they may or may not stock.
I think this depends on the guy....
If they have to go to your house to look at
what they need, then go to the store and
order it all. Following that pay for it with
some deposit money and some of their own
(maybe but usually not), pick it up and
then deliver it to your home...
Then maybe. Its all a matter of time and
how much the'll charge for it.
I suggest not even looking at the breakdown of prices. You pay the
bottom line and that is what is important. Who cares if he charges less
labor and more for parts or more for labor and less for parts?
1/2-again more? Rarely.
1/3-again more? Likely.
My plumber/friend just replaced my water heater. He ordered it from his
supplier and charged me his cost: ~$90 more than I could have bought it from
Lowes. He didn't charge me for the installation and "fronted me" the cost of
the thing. I didn't complain. No big deal.
Yeah: They pick-up the phone and make a call. Presto! The stuff is waiting
at the job site the next day.
Material and parts mark-up done by professionals in the course of their work
has been "the norm" for as long as I can remember. As JM said, it's the
bottom line - and a GOOD installation - that counts.
m Ransley ( firstname.lastname@example.org) said...
They do have overheads in addition to the work involved in purchasing
the parts and delivering them to your worksite. They may be paying for
it with other funding or financing besides any deposit you have already
Then there is warranty issues, which many seem to forget. If you purchase
it yourself and pay someone to install it, if there is a problem with the
item, YOU will have to deal with the place you purchased it from or perhaps
with the distributor or manufacturer directly.
When you pay a trade for supply and install, that supply price tends to
be a bit higher, but you only have to deal with them when it comes to
warranty issues (at least, with a good tradesman you would). As they say,
little in life comes free.
As others have posted, the bottom line on the whole job is what really
should matter to you. Just realize that this also includes things like,
"who do you deal with if the item was defective?"
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