Can I negotiate an estimated cost of a repair with a contractor?
I am in the process of negotiating a repair to my community pool and after reviewing the proposed estimate for the cost of a replacement part and the installation, I discovered that the part that needs to be replaced is being sold to me at a significant mark up that is almost twice the retail price and two and a half times the wholesale price. The point of contact for this company claims that I cannot negotiate a lower price for the replacement part. his response to my attempt at negotiating a lower price was "take it or leave it".
Pool contractors normally work off 100% mark-up on materials, that is the going rate because most suppliers won't sell directly to the public. I don't negotiate prices, it is what it is, after a job is finished contractors are lucky if they actually clear 10% off a job. Half your job cost goes out in insurance, worker's comp, fuel, license fees, corp. fees, and other government red tape cost.
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