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RE: How Do You Charge For Testing? - Rubensgt40 - 02-17-2013 03:38 PM
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 </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.... )
Of course, it helps that our boss's wife is our lawyer....
RE: How Do You Charge For Testing? - CCR - 02-17-2013 04:32 PM
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. That would be about 150 test locations. That would keep me busy for a couple of weeks!
RE: How Do You Charge For Testing? - eaadams - 02-22-2013 04:06 PM
I decline to state pending current litigation....
RE: How Do You Charge For Testing? - jim decker - 03-18-2013 08:31 PM
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.
RE: How Do You Charge For Testing? - CCR - 03-19-2013 01:36 PM
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.
RE: How Do You Charge For Testing? - CC Solutions - 03-19-2013 01:46 PM
You guys ask for money down??
RE: How Do You Charge For Testing? - CCR - 03-19-2013 05:26 PM
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 1
RE: How Do You Charge For Testing? - CC Solutions - 03-19-2013 08:35 PM
So THAT'S what I'm doing wrong!!!
RE: How Do You Charge For Testing? - jim decker - 03-20-2013 07:51 AM
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.
RE: How Do You Charge For Testing? - CCR - 03-20-2013 10:00 AM
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.