Not much, in my town it seems. I've been here nearly 6 years and still can't wrap my head around it. In my mind, when you shake on a deal it's your oath....be it, free choice, but not one you go back on.
I've lost count of the fake handshakes and polite insincerity here in Victoria. An example via text is as follows. A $1200 pine removal. I spent over an hour with these people. They agreed on my price without hesitation, and asked me to get back to them with a date. I offered them May 1st, expecting them to ask if it could be done sooner....but it turns out they continued searching for cheaper quotes after they'd aged the job was mine:
"Hi Reg, thank you for your call. We had company last night. I appreciate you getting back to me, but May 1 is going to be too long. I have someone landscaping and need to get the tree down in order for him to complete the work in the back. I have someone that can do it this weekend. Best wishes"
At least in this instance I know it's being done. Unlike other jobs where I've driven by and and the tree is already gone without explanation. I often wished I'd moved to Nanaimo, which is further up Island. Apparently you don't get this kind if BS up there so much. It's rough but not full of liars at least. Anyone else get this kind of thing happening all too often ?
A friend of mine (tree company) who used to hire me as a subcontractor when I got here used to make a start on jobs ASAP, with no intention of finishing....even if to just cut some branches off and leave them. He would do it to claim his territory in a sense. I used to laugh at the time, but not now.