ARE YOU SEEING AN UP SWING IN OVER-CHARGING BY SERVICE PEOPLE?....I am and I don't like it one bit!!!
In the past week, I have had the following happen with my regular service people:
- My lawn, which has been totally neglected by the landscaper since May, has suddenly become a place for him to make more money--he mowed twice last week without me telling him to.
- My landscaper went and bought 12 flats of white impatiens for my house when I asked him to plant a few flowers for my July/August tenants--normally he would buy 4-5 flats.
- My pool company was at my house for 4 hours on 2 occasions last week and I saw for the first time, huge filters pulled out and put right on my patio to clean--never saw that before!!..Nor the bill which was double what it was last year at this time.
- My house keeper has asked for more money to do what she has always done---telling me that she does not have enough time to finish cleaning in 4 hours.
Now, I know I live in a resort area and it may be very different from where you live--but I dread calling the plumber for work I need to have done because I know his charges are going to be prohibitive!
What is going on??? Is it inflation or just plain over-charging??? What are you finding right now? Are your costs going up too? Your lawn care? Your plumber? Please comment here and let me know what you are finding....I am ready to take a class in plumbing and electrical work and any other training I can do to avoid the huge increase in service and maintainance costs.....
**ALL INFORMATION AND CONTENT IN THIS BLOG IS ORIGINAL TO PAULA I. HATHAWAY. The views expressed herein are my personal views and do not reflect the views of Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate
Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995; Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York
Diamond , Gold and Chairman's Circle Awards; Top Producer since 2005
Click here to see my Hampton's website to see all my listings; please email me or call me for all your real estate needs in Southampton, Bridgehampton and Watermill: http://www.elliman.com/paulahathaway
MY REAL ESTATE SHOWS: