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Massachusetts Public data on Ductless HVAC install costs (MASS CEC)

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GW
GW Member Posts: 4,743
This may spark some interest, one of the rebate entities has published a data base on 11,758 Mini-Split install since the program inception (5 years or so). Mass guys- see where you stack up with the guys that you think are more costly and less costly than you. I took some screen shots- pretty cool info.

https://www.masscec.com/cost-residential-air-source-heat-pumps
Gary Wilson
Wilson Services, Inc
Northampton, MA
gary@wilsonph.com
Ironman

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  • EBEBRATT-Ed
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,845
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    Looks like every contractor in MA is in there
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 17,011
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    Another chapter in the race to the bottom.
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  • GW
    GW Member Posts: 4,743
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    Steamhead I see it differently. A small percentage of the population wants bottom-level pricing. They know their investment will be better serviced with a higher ranking contractor ( I work exclusively with homeowners, all others I have a twist on how I work with them)

    Unless there’s some sort if government-mandated pricing scheme imposed on private contractors, it’s all good
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    gary@wilsonph.com
  • GW
    GW Member Posts: 4,743
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    Ed, perhaps, but I know many companies didn’t want to deal with the paperwork that the program required. I’m guessing this list represents 1/4 or less of all the contractors in MA

    For better or worse, the program ended in March
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    gary@wilsonph.com
  • Zman
    Zman Member Posts: 7,607
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    That sure is a lot of detail to be in the public domain. I was actually able to filter it down to one contractor and find out what their average price is. A competitor that knew who they were biding against could look up that companies pricing and price accordingly. I don't think that was the intention and I don't think the contractors that filled out the form had any idea that the data would be used that way.
    "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"
    Albert Einstein
  • GW
    GW Member Posts: 4,743
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    Yes Z but it’s all good. The program has ended so it’s not going to have tons of impact

    I personally don’t recommend price shifting. If I do one install for the Smiths and a similar job for the Jones’s, and the two are (let’s pretend) sisters, and let’s pretend one sister paid 20% more than the other, I may need to look the person in the eye and explain why their install cost more. If I’m reputable, I will have a good reason. If I’m a snake, I won’t.
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    gary@wilsonph.com
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 17,011
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    GW said:

    Steamhead I see it differently. A small percentage of the population wants bottom-level pricing. They know their investment will be better serviced with a higher ranking contractor ( I work exclusively with homeowners, all others I have a twist on how I work with them)



    Unless there’s some sort if government-mandated pricing scheme imposed on private contractors, it’s all good

    It will be interesting to see just how people actually searched that database- most such databases will be able to keep track of this and generate a report if needed.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
    Consulting