Yes you are...You have no clue what the costs are in operating a business of
that type..What the hell is "buddy labor" , a couple of 6 packs ?? He will
definitly need a dump truck to bring in gravel and crushed stone... If you
think the bid is high , pick the phone up and get more bids and have them
break it down for you instead of wasting time here as costs can vary
greatly from state to state and we have no idea where you are and what the
layout of your land is reguarding how much fill , gravel , crushed stone ,
ect. is required , ie. elevation ,soil type , ease of access , ect. which
makes guessing labor and materials impossible........
In this economic environment, there should be plenty of contractors
that are taking work at slim or even zero margin. I'd focus on
getting 3 or 4 quotes from reliable contractors and see how aggressive
they are for business.
You can come up with all the cost numbers you like, but the bottom line is that
you as a consumer are only concerned with one number: what are you going to pay?
His costs are immaterial. The facts are that if this is the only guy who
installs tanks and he's doing a reasonable business, you will pay his rate or he
won't do the work.
On the other hand, if there are competitors around that can do the same job
cheaper, hire them.
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