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Offline LowSL2

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That was too easy...
« on: June 25, 2013, 10:31:29 AM »
I have a customer with a three year old Maytag front loader with a bad bearing. I'm not an authorized tech, but I tried calling whirlpool anyway. They're sending my customer a front tub, rear tub and basket at no charge. And I get to do the job. I quoted $130. It should take me about an hour to 90 mins if I take my time.

What do you guys charge for a tub bearing job?

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Re: That was too easy...
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 10:53:58 AM »
$220 to $260.  Depending on how much room there is to work.

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Re: That was too easy...
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 11:03:58 AM »
Ok. I was just charging a little less than what the guys in blue charge.

I am a little cheap. I just worry about losing the repair. This is my neighbors mom. But I still need to make money right?

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Re: That was too easy...
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 05:58:08 PM »
You know... you gotta keep your prices consistent no matter who it is.  This way, friends of your mom, relatives, your friends, your friend's friends won't take advantage of you.  Oh well, live and learn.
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Re: That was too easy...
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2013, 06:03:29 PM »
I've done lots of these ...if you can do it in an hour from start to finish your a better man than me .

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Re: That was too easy...
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2013, 07:54:39 PM »
Get the word of mouth going you are good and cheap, you will build your fan base. just sayin
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Re: That was too easy...
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2013, 09:37:42 PM »
I agree with Wild./  130 isn't enough for that job.    I would charge about 2for the labor portion.    This job is not the same as sticking in a thermal fuse in a dryer.   

As for her being your neighbor's mon,  you have to ask yourself where do you draw the line?   People have to realize that this is not a hobby,  it's how you make a living.    Me, personally,   I have 3 real close friends I give good deals to or do it free except for expensive parts,   brothers and my kids.   My Mom and Dad have been gone for a long time,  so that's it.    I fixed my daughters AC,  I paid for parts.   Didn't charge them anything.    My neighbor across street,  fixed stove.     REGULAR PRICE>     Next door neighbor fixed Washer,   REGULAR PRICE>   Brother's Oven needed a bake element.    Put it in FREE, didn't even charge him for part.   >     

Low,  you have to get over feeling guilty for charging an acquaintance your regular rate.   Once you lay out in your mind who are special exemptions,  draw the line and stick to it.   That would be my advice.   Good luck. 
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Re: That was too easy...
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2013, 09:38:18 PM »
sorry,  charge about 230 to 250
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Re: That was too easy...
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2013, 10:16:33 PM »
Around here most everyone is getting $250  to $300 for that job.

The 2011 blue book rate is 180.95 plus a 79.95 service fee.   So what is that?  $260.90 plus tax?

There has probably been a little inflation since then, which should put it around $280/$290.

I give a friends and family discount of 20%.  That is more like extended family and acquaintances.  My close friends and family can pay for parts and wait until I have time.

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Re: That was too easy...
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2013, 11:46:02 PM »
we usually charge around 270 for labor on that kind of job...

awesome that they sent you the front tub along with the rear and basket...  usually takes me at least 2 hours to do a tub.. but we usually only get the basket (or just basket support if it's available) and the rear tub assembly...  so I end up spending a fair bit of time splitting the tub apart...   if you can just throw the new tub assembly in there... that should speed things up considerably  :cheers:



also for me immediate family gets free fixes.. like my father in law, who got a new shaft and bearings put in his cambrio for free.  friends get free diagnosis and good advice on how to fix their stuff.. or if they get the parts I'll put em in...  friends of friends... are just another term for regular customers