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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Bristol Va

    Default Questions before I even go look at this one

    I got a call from a local arts museum they have had honey bees going into the peak of there roof sense last year. They didnt worry about it last year but now the bees are starting to get inside building and they want something done about them. I am going Monday to look at them and if I can locate where there at in the attic. They told me the ceiling in the attic is open so I am figureing they are going into the wall. I have never done a cutt out for such a place and was looking for ideas like do I need some kind of written agreement so they don't come back on me even after I explain if I have to cut something to get them out and what kind of price should I put on this job. A fellow Deputy works there part time thats how I was contacted so I don't want to be to high and I don't want them to just call in the bug killers to spray them if I can help it. Any help on this would be great thanks.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Reno, NV

    Default Re: Questions before I even go look at this one

    I have done a lot of remodel/ re[pair work over the past 25 years. Here is my expectation of various customers. IT is the little old lady you have to worry about. that is a general rule. Most commercial type locations are already familiar with the cost of maintenance and that is pretty much what this woudl be considered. They should also already be aware that delayed maintenance is higher cost maintenance. They pay thousands fo dollars a year to keep things cleaned, polished and in working order. I would put together a bid that paid myself well and just give it to them. It's pretty hard to shock a commercial location. they play in an area that has costs far higher than the average person is used to hearing. Replacement of a door in your house would be about $150. for a commercial location. $1500. and that difference is normal. Totally different door to a totally different code. Make sure you know what you are getting into though. If it is an historical building or anything you are getting into federal regulations that will bankrupt you. If you are not going to do repairs make sure they understand that you will have to cut out what you have to cut out and they will have to get the repairs done when you are gone. That or live with bees entering their building.
    Everything gets darker, as it goes to where there is less light. Darrel Tank (5PM drawing instructor)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Park City Ky

    Default Re: Questions before I even go look at this one

    One of the reasons I got out of cutouts some years ago is the expectations from the home owners. As Daniel Y said, commercial people are normally easier to work with. They know what has to be done, and don't normally expect it to be done for free. Years ago I loved to do cutouts, and remove bees for people. Not in today's environment. Today you really need to be licensed and insured.

    Yesterday I had two calls for cutouts. They wanted to bees removed, then sprayed so they would not return. I told them I am not licensed to spray, and I did not want that potential liability. Now days you need to keep in mind there can be a liability issue. Not the same as several years ago. Make sure they know exactly what you are going to do, and not do. Make sure they know that bees could reenter the same building, somewhere else, even after you finish the cutout.

    Unfortunately, more people will simply spray them, than have it done right. Bottom Line, make sure everyone knows what is going

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2011

    Default Re: Questions before I even go look at this one

    I would also make them aware that if they just spray, the comb and honey will be left in the void and could cause other problems like ants, roaches, mold, etc.
    Integrity - Doing the right thing when no one is watching.


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