Business question - our arborist (have been using him for 7 years) gave us an estimate for some work we need. Some of it, for simple work like removing 2 weedy trees in the yard,...
was very high. Another arborist would charge us far less to remove those 2 trees. So wanting to be upfront, I spoke to our guy and said we'd likto hire him for all of the other work (which is still $$), except those two trees, because of the cost. That I respect him but we can't budget that and would like to put our funds towards the quality care he gives to our mature trees we're keeping. And that I wanted to tell him myself, rather than he just being here and seeing them gone. And yes, he'd know - he knows our property well.. I thought he'd respect my being upfront with him but he seems upset and may not want to do any of the work - will "call me in a few days". I referred him to three neighbors over the years and gently reminded him of that. Was I wrong to tell him about those 2 trees? A bit puzzled. Thanks.
It was poor form. I'll try to explain why...when you get/give a quote on a labor job with several components it is typical to spread the cost out throughout the job. Part of the...(more)6-7-2016 8:33pm+2 likes
cost is just showing up. Part of it is cleaning up...for each component and for the job as a whole. So if you asked those other companies to bid on the whole job and they came in way less expensive overall, you'd be in a good place to show him those quotes and have that conversation. But to say A/B/C is higher on YOUR quote is not playing fair when there are other items.