Yard Leakin’, Part 2: Always get three estimates

This is the second post in a series about our front-yard water line emergency that occupied much of the Thanksgiving holiday week.

Alternatively titled, “How I saved $4200 with almost no effort”.

Plumbing Company A: $7500

Plumbing Company B: $5000

Plumbing Company C: $3300

We’re about 24 hours into our spontaneous water line project, now armed with three estimates.  Really, that just speaks for itself.  I’m stunned. Needless to say, we hired Plumber C to replace our broken water line.

“Always get three estimates” is good advice… for people with loads of free time, generous time off policies at work, and people who like playing phone tag.  We usually get one or two estimates and go with it, since we both work and have historically been very strapped for free time and the ability to miss hours of work.

But, now that I’m unemployed my free time has quadrupled while my income has evaporated.  My #1 job while unemployed is saving us money, and one of the best ways to save money is to find the lowest bidder for the same quality of work promised by the other guys.

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