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We ran into a problem with the city of
We got three quotes.
Based on my experience with this vendor I can not recommend him.
. this required a lot of work in attic and crawl space.
job and at a fare price . At the price that i was quoted
i'd been happy with just rewiring
existing outlets and switches . well beyond that and installed extra outlets , switches ,
and hard wired smoke detectors , to bring my home up to code.If i could I'd give this company 10 stars rather than the 5
that is allowed.
We scheduled phase one nearly two months in advance. We did not hear a word from them after confirming the date and time but they'd been reliable in the past so we didn't worry. Today, 28 Mar at 3:45 on the Friday before the work was scheduled to commence on Monday 31 Mar at 8 AM, Mr.
I got on the phone with the power company. The lady asked me if I was going to do the work myself. When I indicated that I had contracted with an electrician she asked me, "So, why are you calling to schedule the drop? That's usually the electrician's job along with coordinating the city inspection and the reconnection." Nonetheless, she was able to get the drop on the schedule for the next Thursday, 3 Apr. This presented a huge problem because my better half and I took a week of leave and drove in from out of town to spend the week in
Anyway, I called the the electrician back and told him that I had scheduled the power drop and I made it quite clear that they had no business calling me 15 minutes before closing time on a Friday afternoon when work was supposed to commence on Monday and expecting me to do something that they should have taken care of two months earlier. They gave me some nonsense about the property owner being the only party who could schedule a power drop. Not only was that clearly inaccurate but it still didn't explain why they waited until the very last nanosecond to discover and disclose that they had not done any preparation or due diligence or anything in anticipation of this job. It seems that if they're so experienced working with the City of
I'm not entirely sure what happened here but I suspect the following:
1. They forgot about the job completely because it was scheduled so far in advance.
2. They probably got an offer to do a bigger, more profitable job and the only way to dump me was to fake it.
3. I don't think they had underbid because their bid was not the lowest. If they had misquoted, other folks had misquoted even worse. And, frankly, $13,000 for the entire job on a one level, 1,500 square foot ranch (with full unfinished basement and easy access to all of the wiring both underneath and overhead) is not exactly peanuts. I think they just screwed up and expected me to take the blame and in doing so, give them enough leeway to make it right. Regrettably I did not have the leeway to give and it is not my nature to accept blame for or to fix a mess that I had absolutely no hand in generating.
When there was no apology, no acknowledgment that they had screwed up, no acknowledgement that they had put us in a HUGE logistical bind, no offer to make it right, and they continued to try to deflect the blame, I told them to forget it and that I had no intention of doing any more business with them.
So there went their five-figure job and another five-figure job that I had planned for them to do on one of my commercial buildings. Before hanging up on me Mr.
If you can get them to do the work, they'll probably do a reasonably good job -- especially if you keep control of your expectations. But I just don't think you can trust them to do what they say -- or even what they put into writing. They're better electricians than they are business people though that is faint praise. If your standards are not real high and if you don't mind getting yanked around, you'll probably be reasonably happy doing business with them. If you have high standards and expect straight dealings, you better keep looking.
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