You get what you pay for in construction

You get what you pay for in construction

It is so very true

A customer asked a contractor how much it would cost to complete this project.

The contractor made him an offer: £ 4,500

The customer replied: That seems really high.

The contractor asked: What do you think is a reasonable price for this job?

The customer replied: a maximum of 2500 €

The contractor replied: Ok, then I invite you to do it yourself.

The customer replied: I don’t know how.

The contractor said, okay, then how about £ 2500 I’ll show you how to do it. So you not only save € 2,000, but you also learn valuable skills that you will benefit from in the future.

The customer replied: Sounds good! Let’s do this!

The contractor replied: Great! To get started you will need a few tools. You need a miter saw, table saw, cordless drill, bit set, router, finishing saw, jigsaw, tool belt, hammer, etc.

The customer replied: But I don’t have any of these tools and I can’t justify buying them all for one job.

The contractor replied: Ok. Well, for an additional £ 300 I can rent you my tools for this project.

The customer replied: Okay. This is fair.

The contractor replied: Great! We start the project on Monday.

The customer replied: I work Monday through Friday. I can only be reached on weekends.

The contractor replied: If you want to learn from me, you have to work while I work. This project lasts 3 days, so you need to take 3 days off.

The customer replied: That means I have to forego my wages for 3 days or use my vacation!

The contractor replied: That’s right. Remember, when doing a job yourself, you need to consider unproductive factors.

The customer replied: What do you mean by that?

The contractor replied: A complete job from start to finish includes time to plan the project, material pick-up, travel time, gasoline, set-up time, clean-up and waste disposal, among other things. It’s all in addition to the actual project itself. Speaking of materials, we’ll start there on Monday, so you have to meet me at 6:00 am at the lumberyard.

The customer replied: At 6 a.m.? !! My work day doesn’t usually start before 8 a.m.!

The contractor replied: Then you are in luck! My plan is to start building the deck at 8am. But for this we have to start at 6 a.m. to pick up the materials, load them and deliver them to your construction site.

The customer replied: You know, I notice that there is much more to an order than a customer sees in the finished project. Their offer of £ 4500 is very reasonable. I want you to take over the project.


When you pay for an assignment, especially a custom assignment (whether it’s a physical project or a digital project), you’re not just paying for the materials and the work to be done. You also pay for:

✔️ knowledge
✔️ experience
✔️ Custom skills
✔️ tools
✔️ Time to plan
✔️ Time to prepare
✔️ Professionalism
✔️ Work ethic
✔️ Excellence
✔️ Discipline
✔️ Commitment
✔️ Integrity
✔️ Taxes
✔️ Licenses
✔️ victim
✔️ Liabilities
✔️ Insurance

When requesting a quote for custom work, don’t disregard a service provider by trying to get them to lower their prices.

If an offer exceeds your budget, soliciting other offers is no problem.

Remember … you get what you pay for when you build it

👉🏼 SERVICE PROVIDER: Know your worth and trust it.

👉🏼 CONSUMERS: Realize their worth and be respectful.

I share this to serve all of my friends, family, and customers who are entrepreneurs, business owners, and artisans.

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