Not AHB, but impressive in size.
Sadly, the owners called a pest control company
rather than a beekeeper, so the colony was
not saved, nor was the estimated 450 lbs of honey
salvaged. A complete waste.
They also charged they homeowners $2000.00,
not including the cost of repairing the wall
sections removed when removing the colony.
Story and video here:
<Literally,Honey was driping down where they was eating breakfast,"Griffin said
Well now why didn't he just slid his plate over where the honey would drip on his toast?They would be the only house in the U.S. with a built in honey fountain.
I removed some this spring & had to cut a brick wall out,Felt bad about charging them $650.00,But $2000.00?>>>>Mark
Was it just me, or were some of the faces "blurred out"? Identities obscured to protect the guilty?
woa $2000 and no repair to the damage, something tell me I am in the wrong business.
May'be I'm missing something, but if all they did was remove some paneling from the wall and scrape the comb out and kill the bees, what justifies $2000?
> what justifies $2000?
Unlike 99.99999% of beekeepers, those guys knew
what their services were WORTH. If a pipe was
leaking, filling their basement with water,
how much would they pay to have it fixed TODAY?
If their heating went out in the middle of
winter, how much would they pay to have it fixed?
Heck, I just spent about $1000 to paint the roof
of my house (tin roof, circa 1920). Just paint,
and a high-tech undercoating. The good news is
that I will not have to get up on the roof again
in this lifetime, so the stuff is worth the money.
Here's an Oooold story...
An optician is teaching his son the business.
He says this about pricing:
"So, when they ask "how much?", you say "$100".
If they don't wince, you add "per lens".
If they still don't wince, you add "and the
frames are another $100".
A friend sent me an interesting approach to
pricing any consulting or contracting service
that is impressive in its simplicity:
a) Tell the client your fees for the project.
b) Poke the client in the eye.
If the client was more shocked, offended,
horrified, hurt, saddened, outraged, or
wounded by the poke in the eye, then you
are STILL pricing yourself too low.
The "poke in the eye" approach is not a joke.
It is an excellent metric for how one must
price one's services. Of course, one must
deliver excellence, which means more than
simply walking up to a swarm with a cardboard
box and a Saws-All.
Dave, I think what Jim is saying is,"Who are you to say your time and skills aren't worth $25 an hour?"
Kinda cool, huh?
My charges depend a lot on what is parked in the drive way ;)
You know HM, you're kind of a quiet skulker on here until you see a way to suddenly make a difficult question easy, then you come out with a comment like this. that says it all, amen.
My mechanic charges $75 an hour. His skills don't change if I drive in, in a Rolls or a VW bug. (NOw a museum piece). $100 dollars an hour on the job site, plus expenses, would seem about right. My propane co wants $95 an hour for someone with a specific skill set. You shoud quote it before you see whats in the drive. Knock off what you want for hardship cases.