By Darcy Nemo
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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• Midland, Michigan
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.
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.
• United Kingdom
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.
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.
• Holiday, Florida
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!