How to Save Money on Repairs: Ask for Estimate before Hiring & Ultimately Save on Repairs
Overview of content:
- We recommend: You should ask for several quotes over the phone before you have someone show up at your door
- When you call our hotline you can easily connect with 3 local contractors with one call. This is an efficient way of getting multiple estimates.
- It is a good idea to ask for a quote for a specific type of repair: ” How much is it to replace … (fill in the blank) on my … appliance. Asking for a quote on a specific repair enables you to compare prices and get a sense of pricing. We have found that some repair companies want to be vague. Every situation is different, and a repairman will not want to make a solid price commitment by phone, however, asking for a quote is essential, and the response given could provide useful insight into the people you might be hiring!
- Important-Note: In certain types of repairs- namely renovation and construction Free estimates and quotes are common. With appliance and HVAC repairs typically there are no free estimates. The logic is that for large remodeling or new HVAC installation where there is a large price tag, businesses are more willing to show up for a free estimate in hope of a large revenue.
When it comes to calling down a service-man (or woman) to do a type of repair that one hopes that will be done on-the-spot such as plumbing, appliance repair, HVAC repair, Plumbing the standard is that there is a ‘service charge’. Some advertise “free estimate” but often there is a ‘catch’ such as the ‘estimate is “free” only with repair. This often sounds good, but in reality the price point of the repair covers the travel, service visit and estimate time. This is based on years of close familiarity with the field.
“Free -Estimates” on appliance or HVAC repairs could be misleading and are not a good indicator of the ultimate repair cost:
I would be cautious with “low service charge rates” or a “free -estimate” offers on appliance and heating/A.C repairs. I would rather ask for a quote for the estimated total of repair + parts for very specific type of likely repair. The reason is that if I get quotes for specific likely/common repair issues because this provides a tangible measure of how a company charges at the end of the day. I then have specific measurable parameters with which I can compare relative rates between companies if they would be providing the same service.
Our experience has shown that often companies that have offers “too good to be true” such as “free estimate” or “no service charge” or provide a ‘free’ diagnostic rate may charge significantly more than companies that charge the typical average service rates. We We have determined that “free -estimates” or low cost estimate rates are weak predictors of the ultimate total cost of service. Companies that are up-front
and above board find themselves out-bided by “Free Estimate” or similar offers which some competitors use as means to lower a customers defenses with a “foot in the door” technique that masks the undisclosed ultimate rate.
Consider who is motivated to provide a discount on repair and why
- Of course saving is a great thing. At the same time, if an offer sounds ‘too good to be true’ it is worth considering what might be the motivating factors.
- Try to be mindful of who and why a company is offering a “Free Estimate” or “free estimate with repair” or “discount”.There are ways of finding inexpensive repair pro’s and these are discussed further at the bottom of this page
Note regarding asking for and getting Appliance and HVAC estimates over the phone:
I know that some companies will try and avoid doing this. Non-the-less, as a former repairman I know that I was able to provide an “estimate overview” over the phone describing the most likely product malfunctions and the associated costs in repairing them.
Note: You can call the number below to request 3 to 4 quotes/estimates. Please inquire about whether the contractor will provide a free estimate
Call for 3 estimates Now: (888) 349-6694 (888) Fix-Now-4 [US]
How to Save Money on Repairs: Ask for Phone Estimates before Hiring
These motivations of those offering a discount can help assess the potential cost/risk vs. benefits when seeking a lower cost service/repair provider
A review of what motivates repair companies and individuals to provide discounts
Now, if someone is in a panic, which sometimes happens, it may be more difficult to be selective. One time tested method is to ask for a referral from neighbors, but this is not always possible.
Tips for saving money on repairs
- How to Shop for Discounts & How to seek Ultimate Savings in Repairs
- Who is willing to provide discounts and why
- Why you should ask for a quote before you hire someone
- Why I don’t trust a tech who tells me that he ” can’t know what’s wrong with my device or machine (what-so-ever) until he sees it and that he is “unable to provide any sort of estimate in advance”. (One exception to the above stated distrust, would be if he is willing to give me a truly free-estimate).
A review of what motivates repair companies and individuals to provide discounts. These motivations can help assess the potential costs vs. benefits in the repair business.
Ask the service company for $ rates for specific types of repairs! For example ask and compare rates for what would the typical cost to customers for replacing a __ motor (fill in the blank depending on the product you are calling about). “Or a quote for total Service-charge+labor+ parts+ refrigerant+travel…? fees for replacing a compressor on a x brand. Please be prepared