Merry Christmas? Bah Humbug!!
The quote from the electrician to bring a bucket truck and string the outside tree with lights binged in via email and I literally fell off my chair. When I saw the email, I guessed the amount before opening the PDF estimate.
Man alive, I was way off. Price quote was labor for two men for EIGHT hours, and then an additional line item for the one day rental of the bucket truck.
The owner of the electric company did tell me when he was here that their own bucket truck didn’t have a long enough arm and they’d have to ask a friend to use one. $600 worth of borrowing. Yikes.
I will tell you that last year I paid $765 for the truck and two men. It took him about 4 hours. NOT eight! The man who has done the work for the last few years owns his own truck and I’m sure part of what I pay him is to cover his insurance, which for a bucket truck, must be big. I didn’t mind that price but I did object to the quality of his work.
And herein lies the conundrum – do I suck up and call last year’s guy and tell him, please make it a lot prettier than you have before, or ask the electrician to revise his estimate???
Bottom line is that there’s no way I’m paying $2120. And that doesn’t include the $400 worth of lights due tomorrow from Home Depot. I would pay $1000 if done right but at some point, even I, who really wants this tree to be glorious, balks at price craziness.
Am I being a drama queen or reasonable to object?