Hemlane's maintenance coordinators work with licensed and insured service professionals and, the majority of these professionals are also bonded. Therefore, you are not going to get the cheapest rate, but you will receive a reasonable price with quality which will save you costs in the long run.
- (A)Tenants complain if they have to take off work and/or arrange to be available too often. Two quotes is at least 3 times they would need to make themselves available.
- (B) Two service call rates - Often, service professionals will charge a Service Call fee for an estimate which will make the difference in price, if any, quite negligible and not worth the time and effort spent.
What about emergencies?
When an emergency arises (check definitions here), you will see that service professionals can double their service fee. However, part of the responsibility of maintenance is to address these urgent requests as quickly as possible. You may find cheaper rates but (1) they will schedule for a non-emergency time (days or weeks later) or (2) they may not be licensed for that trade, which makes them cheaper.
HVAC and appliance jobs often have the highest sticker shock. Here are some recommendations if you want to save a bit of money or have more control during the process:
- HVAC replacements: You can purchase an HVAC online (e.g. UsedACDepot.com) and then recommend your own professional to install it.
- Appliance replacements: You can purchase appliances online and read more here.
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