The Regrowths

@YrNemo (13412)
October 28, 2017 9:57am CST
The neighbor at the back asked if the tree people could prune his Callery pear trees from my backyard (Of course, I said 'yes'!). Watching the men working with their chainsaws, I suddenly remembered the trees we had removed almost two decades ago which suddenly grew back three years later to our disgust! The tree people were very pleasant when I asked. For $150, those 4 re-growths were again removed and poisoned, hopefully for good this time. (I had planned to ask a distant cousin to help me out, but I know I would have to pay him 5 times more for the same job since he is family! ) Do you often have to pay more when you ask a friend, an acquaintance or a relative to do some task for you? (One of my cousins and her husband had to pay double or triple for their house renovation, done by her husband's best friend. The work was shoddy and my cousin was not pleased one bit.)
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@Corbin5 (109663)
• United States
28 Oct
It seems our family members have no talent, and not a one is able to handle a task we may need done. We have no talent either, so we hire pros to do things for us.
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@YrNemo (13412)
28 Oct
Sometimes asking experts for help, we would have to wait. I was lucky this time because they were already there!
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@Corbin5 (109663)
• United States
28 Oct
@YrNemo We had a tree cut down in our backyard by the pros for $800. A new one has sprouted in its place even though the stump was removed. We will keep the new one tiny as can be.
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@YrNemo (13412)
28 Oct
@Corbin5 I tried that for the last several years. then my strength became weaker with time, while the thickness of those new shoots became thicker (and they grew faster too when I turned my back. Things were become too out of control for me!)
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@ridingbet (55920)
• Philippines
29 Oct
when my sister wants something done and she asks a neighbor to do it, they have the term of payment, and sometimes my sister adds some additional amount.
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@YrNemo (13412)
29 Oct
Is she a good negotiator and bargainer?
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@ridingbet (55920)
• Philippines
29 Oct
@YrNemo yes she is.
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@YrNemo (13412)
29 Oct
@ridingbet Save you a lot of money then.
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• Midland, Michigan
29 Oct
I've never heard of that before. We have had the husband of a friend that is no longer with us do some work many times for us and he never charges us much. In fact, I've paid him more each time than what he asked other than when he put in a ramp for my husband. But, that job took a lot more time and he had his brother help him build it. The price we paid him was also for materials. He's done other things for us and we've not even paid him yet because he never finished the job. We've also had my brother help do a few things and my brother will help us out for free unless he has some of his employees working too like the year they updated the electrical in our house. At that time he had about five employees working with his son on the job, so I paid him 800.00 but that was probably a lot less than I would have had to pay someone I didn't know.
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@YrNemo (13412)
29 Oct
Some people are lucky (you seem to be one), others not. Sometimes I got help so promptly by acquaintances and friends for a certain task, the next time, they overestimated about 3 times more than the quote I had got from experts. I can never understand them.
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• Midland, Michigan
29 Oct
@YrNemo I don't think it's. As common in the us for family and friends to charge more, at least I never heard of this before.
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@YrNemo (13412)
30 Oct
@DianneN (79937)
• United States
1 Nov
Yikes! We never had that happen. Everyone in our family is useless, so we have to hire experts. lol
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@YrNemo (13412)
1 Nov
Right now I am lucky. An acquaintance is helping us fixing the fence at the back (the strong wind last weekend broke it down a bit). The amount he quoted seems very reasonable.
@BelleStarr (39045)
• United States
29 Oct
No I don't overpay family, I usually have my grandsons and they don't like to charge me at all.
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@YrNemo (13412)
30 Oct
You have good grandsons.
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@jaboUK (54507)
• United Kingdom
29 Oct
I suppose you feel obliged to offer friends and relatives more for doing jobs, but personally I only have my son and son-in-law that I can call on, and they adamantly refuse to accept anything. I wish my neighbour would cut his trees down, they block a lot of sunlight from my garden.
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@YrNemo (13412)
29 Oct
We will have to cross our fingers for you, that that neighbor suddenly thinks of you one day and decide to do something about it .
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@acelawrites (11804)
• Philippines
28 Oct
It sometimes wise to hire other people than relatives because you'll pay them more; and you will be shy to tell them some faults in their works.
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@YrNemo (13412)
28 Oct
You are right. The only good thing about asking relatives or friends, acquaintances to help is, sometimes they can come right at once.
@1creekgirl (10695)
• United States
28 Oct
My husband's pretty good at repairs, but sometimes we end up regretting having a relative help.
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@YrNemo (13412)
28 Oct
We once were offered free help from my husband's stepfather to renovate a part of the house. (For a day, with the old man giving instructions, we did all the work). Soon after that, he began to send us insulting emails using vulgar languages, that went on and on. No clue what went on with him! He had refused any money we offered, but happy to be invited (with my husband's mother) for a meal at a posh restaurant.
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@bluesa (13538)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
28 Oct
Sometimes one has to pay more when it is family, but worse is, it can cause disagreements and bad feelings. So I rather use professionals.
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@YrNemo (13412)
28 Oct
best way most of the time.
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@Kandae11 (38718)
28 Oct
There is a family member whose work is not the best, but he keeps being asked because he doesn't demand much pay.
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@YrNemo (13412)
28 Oct
You are lucky then. A Turkish acquaintance laughingly told me, 'never hire friends, acquaintances or relatives, they always cost more!'
@FayeHazel (18491)
• United States
29 Oct
Why did you not want those trees?
29 Oct
If I had to pay more to someone I knew, I wouldn't hire them! They'd have to do a blinkin' good job and it would be a shame to spoil a relationship/friendship if they did an expensively shoddy job!
@snowy22315 (49067)
• United States
29 Oct
No, I usually pay them nothing..I am a cheapskate! However, I do frequently offer a good meal!
• Philippines
29 Oct
We don't have people that's responsible for regrowing a tree, only those who can cut it. cost my mom 100$ more including delivery of the logs.
@bunnybon7 (36881)
• Holiday, Florida
29 Oct
yes thats how it is in most families i think . when i pay 20 bucks to get lawn mowed the strangers do a great job when and how i want but when i offered it to my own daughters bf that lived with us he acted like it was not enough and doe a sloppy job!