How to avoid paying too much for your upholstery work If you are in need of some upholstery work then it's most likely because you have a piece you simply cannot get rid of. Whether it's your favorite auto, motorcycle or boat you have made the choice to restore it instead of getting something new. Just because you love that piece doesn't mean you need to pay an arm and a leg to get it restored. Follow these three simple steps and you will be sure to get the fair price you deserve.
First Things First You need to ensure your dealing with a reputable shop. In even the biggest of cities there is usually only about a dozen or two shop but only a handful of those can boast the experience, skill and tenacity to get your baby back to showroom quality. It's always a good idea to find out how many years they have been in business, what types of certifications they hold and hopefully what awards they have won. As a rule of thumb I never trust an Upholstery shop St. Petersburg that hasn't been in business for at least 20-30 years. If they have made it that far then they have to be worth something.
Upholstery Pricing Next you need to make sure that your not paying too much per hour for labor. The cost of labor can sound high but you have to realize that just like a doctor or a lawyer your paying for both their experience and skill, both of which probably took decades to get. A good rate for quality upholstery work is between $75-$125 an hour. Believe me when I say it will be worth every penny in the long run if you follow the rest of these steps. Don't be trigger happy Lastly you need to make sure that you don't just buy from the first person who gives you a quote. You really want to shop around for this type of thing simply because each shop is going to have different options, styles and price. You need to make sure that you get exactly what you want and deserve and at a price that doesn't break your bank. Getting quotes from at least three different upholstery shops and discussing with them the different options available to you is a great idea. If you follow these three simple steps you will ensure that you end up with the quality work you deserve, the piece of mind knowing that it was done right and a price you can agree with. If your lucky enough to be located in the St Petersburg area then I have a great recommendation for you; check out Rayco Upholstery. Located in the heart of St Petersburg, just off the corner of 34th Street and Central Ave, Rayco Upholstery has been in business for over 60 years in the same location. They offer many different styles and options and always strive to both earn and maintain your business through quality work, affordable prices and superior customer service. Check them out online @ OR CALL 727.487.2926
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