>> >Just out of curiosity, what would you price a 25 station move at
if you had
> >to move everything (sets, cabinets, coordinate with LEC), and had to do it
> >all over a weekend?
> You see, it all depends. Can you drop the equpment from the 3rd floor
> to the ground, or do you actually have to carry it? Also, was any
> free * involved and how many man-hours did the move take?
> Also, do you really have a chance for future business or is this a
> one-shot deal? You may be just the shill for leverage or the guy
> that's keeping the current vendor honest. Believe it or not, I'm
> doing a bid for someone where the customer actually is concerned over
> the difference between an 8 port and a 16 port switch! I don't think
> he's going to like Thursdays very much (old joke punchline).
> Carl Navarro
Carl is right about the pricing. It depends on what you want out of
it, exactly how much has to be done at the time of the move, can any
of it be done ahead of time. All kinds of variables go into pricing a
I have no idea what going rates are in your area. For a raw order of
magnitude, look in your local phone directory and see what the LEC
charges for one of their techs. That's the high end of the scale.
It all depends on your best guess as to the amount of labor involved.
If it is just moving cabinets and doing cross-connects, then it may
not be too difficult. If you add moving desk sets, testing and even
reprogramming the switch, then it is another cost.
The way I would like to see a quote when I have to act as a Telecom
Manager is it detailed by task. Some items I expect to see are:
Packing desk sets, disconnecting/packing main unit, installation &
cross-connect, programming labor, post cut-over support.
If I see all these on a quote, or at least an indication in the
statment of work from my contractor, then I know that they have
thought through the entire process and are aware of the risks.
Oh, and yes - I DO expect to pay premium for weekend work. That is
expected and factored into any move budget I set up, but then I'm not
everyone. I always remember the maxim - You get what you pay for. If
I pay for superior service, I expect superior service and woe to those
that don't provide what I pay for.