Just Say No No to Apollo

We’re in the final stretch of completing our townhouse remodel in North Raleigh, and we would not be this far along without the support of some fantastic contractors.

As we’ve mentioned before, we hire experts for those jobs we’re not qualified to handle. For example, we learned that this home had an Apollo Heating and Air system. Do you know what an Apollo system is? No? Neither did we. Back in the 80s, homes were installed with the HVAC system tied to the hot-water heater.

Jump to today and you’ll be faced with a big question: Should I repair the existing system for a large amount of money…or do I replace the archaic system for double that large amount of money?

We hired Marcus Barnes with Bee Bee HVAC to help. (I used him at my personal home earlier this year.) Marcus provided us with a short tutorial on the Apollo system. He explained that our AC handler wouldn’t last another week (charge wouldn’t hold). And, he provided us with two choices –replace it with a new system or repair it for the half the price.

Half-the-price sounded great, but who would throw money at an inefficient dinosaur? We bit the bullet and bought the new handler.

Marcus did an excellent job and remained in touch to ensure that we were happy.

We like working with family-owned businesses like Bee Bee HVAC because of the personal attention to detail.

BUT, please be wary of those companies that advertise often on the local radio stations with a “family-owned-like” name…like, for example, Carl and Son. Make sure to get competitive estimates for each project. We found that “Carl and Son” quoted  $1250 for an electrical project, while another local company quoted “no more than $300.” It’s a pain in the butt to get multiple estimates, but it’s worth it!

No photos this time. We’re so close to our post featuring the before-and-after pics!


One thought on “Just Say No No to Apollo

  1. Jen, one of the mantras I’ve come up with is “Take the second-lowest bid.”

    The highest bidder might be making ‘too much’ on the deal and the Low-bidder might be scrimping on quality or a number of other important parts of a project.

    My THEORY is that, if more folks got Three Bids, the middle bid might be the best, and it would give a Market Feedback Message to the low AND high-bidders.

    Just a theory. All the best to you and yours. It looks like you’re enjoying success and enjoying your new business! Best regards to you and your fam.


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