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Ethical practices

Posted By: Dan
Monday, 15 January 2001, at 8:34 p.m.

Recently we hired a handy man to do some painting and minor trim work. At the time he was hired a work estimate was requested. The contractor stated "I charge $36 an hour, but I'm fast". As it turned out the handy man spent only 2.4 hours at the job and had some young employees 18-20 years old do the work, billing $30-$36 per hour for his employees time. Is this ethical and is this normal practice? When he submitted the bill the hours for the 3 employees, in addition to billing at $30-$36/hr, the time required to complete the job was not quick. After obtaining a couple of retrospective estimates that were well below what he had charged, we offered to pay him an amount less than what he had charged, but in line with the other contractor bids. His only response was to file a court complaint and take us to small claims court. Any thoughts or suggestions? Dan

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