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How Do You Charge For Testing?

#11
That seems a bit unfair. But I suppose it's always going to be a toss-up between the money you want to recover and the legal action expense. And...I thought the US of A was the home of shylocks, debt collectors and repo men! Don't you just go and shoot out kneecaps? (or is that only in Chicago?) Of course I know all about the USA- I watch reality TV Smile </sarc>

Here we can get a court order on an unpaid debt, and the expense to do so depends on how far it goes, but can come in under $500. And, believe it or not, we have succeeded in recovering interest and legals (in, ahem, one or two cases in ten years.... Smile )

Of course, it helps that our boss's wife is our lawyer....
The problem with socialism is that you soon run out of other people's money.
- Margaret Thatcher

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#12
Fortunately in Pennsylvania, claims up to $10,000 (I believe) can be heard in a local Magistrate's court with a filing fee of about 1/2% of the claim amount, and an attorney is not required unless the claimant wishes to bring one in. They key is to have very organized, thorough documentation.

With my business, if I had a $10,000 testing job, I would feel like I died and went to heaven. Big Grin That would be about 150 test locations. That would keep me busy for a couple of weeks!
JK Nixon
Concrete Restoration Services, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.rhtester.com
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#13
I decline to state pending current litigation....
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#14
I guess I was in retail to long. Stupid me I get 50% down and balance when I give them the report. So far no problem builders and contractors have always been slow pay. But every week they turn in that weeks work and get paid. I am not financing them can't afford it. I just tell them I'm a small fish and must get or let someone else do it. Fortunately for me I don't know anyone within 200 miles that does concrete testing so I guess they don't have much option.

Usually a mechanics lien gets their attention particularly the owner of the project.
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#15
50% down? Wow. I request 30% down if it's over 50 sensors. Like you, I'm not financing their job. You're a lucky man to have no competition in your vicinity. Really makes a difference. Do many installers down your way offer testing? Never spent much time in El Paso. Got lots of family in East Texas tho. Spent many, many summer vacations there.
JK Nixon
Concrete Restoration Services, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.rhtester.com
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#16
You guys ask for money down?? Huh
JD Grafton
Concrete Answers for Flooring Problems
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#17
Depends how many sf and how many sensors I need. I typically don't keep an inventory of more than 40 or so at a time since I can buy them the day I need them from my local distributor. When I perform testing out of my primary market, I request payment the day I return to get final readings and the client's complete report is emailed within 24 hours. Never been an issue. As a one man show, if I don't get paid, I can't pay me. Haven't missed a pay day since day 1Big Grin
JK Nixon
Concrete Restoration Services, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.rhtester.com
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#18
So THAT'S what I'm doing wrong!!! Tongue
JD Grafton
Concrete Answers for Flooring Problems
[email protected]
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#19
You probably get a lot more work than I do but I always get paid. As a hardwood inspector I get 50% down and the balance when I hand them the report. Did you know lawyers get retainers? What's the difference.
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#20
Absolutely right on the lawyers. Guess we're too far down the food chain, even as trained, certified professionals. The seasonal concrete restoration work I do excludes lawyers as customers. Seen too many installers get shafted.
JK Nixon
Concrete Restoration Services, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.rhtester.com
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