i'm looking to hire some people to do some work for me and i'm wondering if
anyone in northern california (bay area) can comment on the going per hour
rates for the following trades:
i've never hired anyone before so i just want to get an idea of how much to
expect to pay in this area so i can avoid sticker shock.
Plumbing where I am...around $70.00 per hour for minor things like
replacing faucets, a major break in my sprinkler system, replacing all
the pipes cost $3500.00. Snaking the lines cost $300.00. Electrical
has been pretty expensive I think. $175.00 to put plug in, $200.00 to
put a range hood in. I'm close to Sacramento, so I'm sure it's much
more in the Bay Area. I imagine they will give you an estimate of the
whole job though, at least they did to me. Ask for a written estimate,
and agree to be consulted if it's going to run over cost.
Checkbook magazine rates and ranks local trades people by collecting and
analyzing survey data from subscribers and other members of the public.
The forums on Craigslist.org also discuss these issues, but in my
opinion the discussions there are much more anecdotal and therefore less
reliable. By the way, I paid $90/hour for a plumber to do a number of
minor repairs last month; many neighbors said that was cheap these days.
Paul in San Francisco
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