What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
a simple system .cost of materials with no markup,number of hours I think the job will takeX my hourly rate. ($55 to $70 per hour) depending on the type of job.Or time and materials at $60 per hr.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
constantly needing to learn about the new equipment and latest in "green" construction trends.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
my neighbor,who owned the biggest sheetmetal shop in the bay area,told me I should get into the trade.my father asked what it paid to start. He replied"$6.50 per hour."My father said "he'll take it!"
What types of customers have you worked with?
Remove old furnace,install new one ,add air-conditioning, replace ductwork, replace wall furnaces,sheetmetal flashings. Ventwork, attic fans. Getting more into mini-split systems in the last few years.been doing quite a bit of custom coper work as well.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Finishing up a heating,a/c installation for a family in santa clara. they welcomed my ideas and helped them find a contractor for other work they needed done. much prefer working directly with homeowners.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask to see a valid calif. Contractors license and proof of insurance. Ask for at least 3 references of completed jobs.Hire a person who lives in the area.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
that not everybody is going to do the same job. once I bid a gutter job .when I called to see what she thought of my bid,she said she got a bid half of mine.when i asked if the others were going to do it the same way I bid,she said " gutters are gutters." thats not true in gutter work or hvac work.quality does cost a little more.Galvanized ,soldered gutters will far outlast any aluminum job".seamless",my ***