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Old 04-22-2013, 04:51 PM   #21
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This is very true, I find that every customer wants to know how much and you may find yourself cheating yourself if you don't think of every thing involved in that job.

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Old 06-24-2013, 01:27 PM   #22
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Dont forget that you will need to have hvac contractors license. To qualify you must meet the contactors license requirements.
I thought that when you take your contractors license exam, they ask you questions on how to bid on the job. That's what they asked me on my c-20 exam.
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Go to work for an HVAC contractor for about 5 years before deciding to go into the business. Nothing replaces hands on experience (not even an app)
You need the privilege to screw up many times at someone else's expense and hopefully learn from those screw ups. In California, you can't even qualify for a license until you've worked for someone at least 4 years.

The HVAC trade is vastly different from all other trades. You'll be swamped with calls when its hot. You'll be swamped with calls when it's cold. In between you'll be sitting at home watching old reruns of "leave it to beaver" while waiting for the phone to ring and worrying about paying the bills. Sorry I rambled. It's a good trade if you work hard at it. Best wishes
I just moved out of California, you need 8 years to get your license. Unless you are in the union you can get your journeymans after 4... And you are right about sitting at home half of the year, which is why I learned plumbing too, but frankly, I should have chosen electrical instead. It's way more fun... Anyways go for it dude you will sink or swim and you will definitely learn from your mistakes... I sure did... I started working for myself in LA and because I didn't have a license I could only do jobs up to $500. Anything over that required a contractors license. Which is why my partner came in handy... But I learned a big lesson on bidding jobs. I lost my ass on my first job just cause I didn't realize there was no supply house anywhere within an hour drive of the job... It sucked but its the best way to learn, ill never forget that lesson...
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