I completely agree with you. This site is turning to be for anyone who has a little knowledge of the trade. As you mentioned everyone should have a varied trade license to provide services here. That's a huge problem we as licensed contractors have to pay insurance for business and truck, license fee, pay sale taxes and therefore is hard to give a low prices. Some one without those expenses can afford to charge 80 dollars for a service I would charge 200. Many time I have answer fro customers saying how crazy my prices are. Let me tell you a exp9i had. Once I guy requested a. Estimate to install a brand new toilet which actually connects to wifi and has bidet included. I told him the price to install and adjust the Plumbing for it. He reply that I was crazy, couple month later I received a call from a lady asking if I could fix a toilet which was leak ik ng. Once I get to the house and I was guided to master bath I ask who try to installed the toilet she said my husband. When the guy came to talk to me about the price his wife called him with the Nickname he has in his thumbtack profile. After I told him I knew who he was I told him my price was double. I contact thumbtack after that and they told me nothing can be done, actually the lady from customer service told me as longer they pay for lead they can post a profile.
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Prices in thumbtack lately are insane, I have not idea who decides what to charge for a lead. Sometime lead as ridiculous expensive when description of jobs are not even accurate. Also I've been a little annoying by the fact you have to pay to have a service area, I decided not to pay since they where charging just because the lead match without knowing if customer is just shopping around. Now I received lead for more than 200 miles from my location and everytime I decline my rating go lower. If they want to charge so much for the lead they better make sure customer has the ability to describe the job and even post pictures before we get to pay. As a plumber sometimes leads goes up to 90 dollars and turn to be customer wont pay more than 150..
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