It’s weird. Lefty, I was thinking to myself before I logged on today that I really respect this Lefty guy on the roofers forum. You stand out man. Anyways I’ve been in the situation time and time again with Asians especially and they ask for a discount. I like to average $80 per hr for me so I just estimate at $100 for them. The first lady I did this with was like WOW!! You are really expensive. I said I always make sure the job is done correctly and there won’t be any problems anyways. She knew she could trust me. I said I’ll tell you what I’ll go down 10% and she said “That’s it?”
Can’t blame a man for tryin. Then I said “Ok let me see if I can do 20, what’s 20?” She was standing there with me figuring it out and we both came up with the number about the same time. There I was right where I wanted to be. $80.00
Not only that but they fed me a Korean popsicle, Korean fried rice with beef and tried kimchi at lunch, and sent me home with enough homemade soup to feed me for 3 days!
Another time this Asian lady had me come out because her skylight was leaking. It was raining hard and the skylight was at the peak of a 7/12 wood shake roof. I found the source of the problem and told them I would fix for $350.00 right now. I was going to rag the wet stuff and apply caulking and stuff some metal shingles on this one part I thought might leak too.
When I told her the price her jaw dropped and gave me the immediate Asian knee-jerk reaction of asking for a discount. I asked what kind of a discount and this confused her. I said $20.00 and she had me wait until her husband came home. I told him the same thing and they never called back. This house was in a neighborhood where they are valued at $1,000,000 and up. Approx 6000 sq. ft houses some are more. I only wasted about 3 hours on this one. :evil: