11 Mar, 2020 Nancy Tart

Is it Too Good to be True?

“Too Good to be True” is an idiom meaning “defying belief.” 

Sometimes when someone gives you a price, you instantly think (or say): “Is it too good to be true?”

Most of the time, it is.

In the world of Electrical Contracting, it is nearly impossible to give you an accurate price

without being on-site and doing a thorough investigation of the job.  There are just too many variables that cannot be easily seen. 

For example: Sally calls and requests a quote “to replace a ceiling fan.”  Company A says they need a site visit and tell her $240 or more.  Company B quotes $120.  She chooses Company B.

What she wasn’t asked and didn’t think to say was that 1) her ceiling is 16 feet tall, requiring special equipment and a 2-man team and 2) she was not replacing an existing fan, but adding an entirely new fixture which means running cable, adding support, installing a new switch to control the fixture, etc.  She ends up paying Company B for two trips (the first was a 1-person van; he needed a helper for the installation) and eventually spends over $1,000.  The second quote was blind and yes, “Too Good to Be True.”

When choosing to hire an Electrical Contractor, remember that they aren’t clairvoyant and therefore can’t tell you exactly what is wrong or give an accurate quote without assessing the problem through specific questions or visiting the site and troubleshooting. 

We, at Dog Face Electrical Contractors, believe you should be given an accurate price, thus most of our quotes happen after a site visit.

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