I just finished writing a new book – Yoga for Stress Relief and Forgiveness – based on my morning yoga routine. I’m looking for beta-readers to give feedback. Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing a free e-copy!
It might seem like the highest risk is when you don’t know their job at all, or on a large complex project where you can’t possibly have a handle on all the costs. Sure, you can get ripped off on those. But if the measure of the rip-off is by percentage, then there’s one type of home repair that will always beat windows 10 home key those.
When you need to be the most careful about who you hire and what you pay them is with . . . the one-day job. Or even less than one-day job.
It’s not uncommon for a homeowner to pay triple and even five times what it should cost. Part of the reason is that the homeowner is gagging the cost by their perception of value. It’s really important the fireplace gets fixed so the house doesn’t go up in flames, so $900 for a 3-hour job sounds reasonable, right?
Not so. All jobs should be measured by the hours it takes and the cost of materials. A bus driver doesn’t make $300 an hour just because everyone riding his bus really values riding over walking the distance. No, he’s paid in proportion to the value of his skills (driving) plus the hours he works. Similarly, your contractor shouldn’t make $300 an hour just because you really hate laying insulation in the attic or digging a hole to plant a shrub.
When talking to a handyman or contractor about your job, one of your questions should be “How long will it take?” When you know that, plus can google for a rough feel for the cost of the main materials, you will know what a good price should be. A full burden hourly cost for a tradesman (full burden includes insurance, taxes, business expenses plus a 20% profit margin) should be around $40 for unskilled, $60 for semi-skilled, and $90 for skilled (electricians, plumbers). Adjust up or down for your buy windows 10 home key area’s cost of living.
Tips like this and more are in the Amazon book, “Contractor Heaven: Bringing Out the Best in Your Home Improvement Contractor” by L. Hartwig
Are you interested in improving your writing skills or getting published? I’ll be running a writing group this Thu Jan 8th from 7-8pm at the Sutton Public Library. Come on out and chat!
Just got in my print copy of Haiku of the Great Blue Hill; Amazon did an awesome job with the full color copy!
Have any of you worked with full color books?
Low Carb Microwave Recipes is updated for 2015! More recipes! Ignore the cover on Amazon, it hasn’t refreshed yet .
Here’s how I organize my files when I write, so it goes as smoothly as possible –
How do you guys organize your files?
Typing in your novel vs speaking it with Dragon. Which do you prefer? Why?
I’m a very fast typist so I always prefer to type. It goes far more quickly for me!
Happy New Year from all of us Boston Writers! May 2015 bring you whatever you dream of – including great new books to read! 🙂
Slow and steady gets it done! I’ve published 120 books plus 36 short stories in their various forms
If you want to write a novel, you can do it! An hour a day!
Across the River is #1 in free African American historicals and #13 in free African American romances! 🙂
Grab your copy!