Think about the title of this damn blog post. Ask yourself? Do you want to hire a contractor that wants your business or one who wants your money? There is a damn big difference! ( I can cuss…its my blog) Here is the fundamental difference.
I. Wants your money?
- smiles, tells you what you want to here…what they do is “indestructable”. “damn straight shooter”
- has a great damn “price”. Usually lowest bidder. Remember, they just want the money. The easiest way to get your hands on it is to be the cheapest right?
- isn’t on time and is hard to get a hold of….why do they care about you? They have your $ Damn them.
- Puts out damn crappy work. Cut everything they can from the job so they could put more $ in their pocket and get down the road.
- never attends seminars or educates themselves on products and new techniques. Again, why would they care about their work. They don’t give a damn
II. Wants your business
- smiles, tells you the truth. What is and isn’t possible given the given situation. Why would anyone set unreasonable expectations….I see contractors do it all the damn time.
- Provides a detailed written quote and lists products to be used. Thats damn genius I tellyou
- answers the damn phone and communicates with customers…we know you have other stuff to do so we communicate to make both of our lives easier
- Puts out top quality work that was learned through giving a damn about what you do. We put all of our knowledge and experience into jobs, and attend seminars and workshops to learn even more. Oh and guess what if we have a question about something we call our supplier. They answer our questions because we buy a boat load of product from them….and they give a damn too!
- I bet I spend a good 20% of my work week talking with suppliers, reading trade magazines, and blogs, and just doing over all research to find better products and methods to provide for our customers. I bet my competition doesn’t spend more than 1 day a year on average trying to better themselves. Thats a damn shame to hire someone like that.
Sorry if I cussed too much on this post. KU just lost and is now out of the tournament because they didn’t look like they gave a damn until it was too late….which is exactly what I don’t want to happen to you.
So if you give a damn. I want your damn business.
This is what I thought after driving back from a quote yesterday. I am constantly amazed at the decisions people make. On this particular occasion the individual had already fired one concrete guy and was looking for another for a very large concrete patio. After telling him our price he responded…..”got somebody for half of what you are” WHATEVER. (other guy must have a material and labor genie…damn it.)
Driving home was thinking of my days in college….think we’ve all had some youthful times, but on a Saturday night i never said, ” i bet it’s her and I forever.” So let me ask you this?? Why would you contract with the most desperate girl in the bar (contractor) and expect it to last forever (your patio). It doesn’t happen…it’s called a fling (your patio). The girl at the bar may at best may last a month (your patio). But if you really care you alway find the right one in the end. Wake up people and learn from life.
Just a quick post about a concrete driveway I looked at that was completely hollow underneath. There are a few different reasons why this would happen. My guess on this one is that the ground wasn’t compacted properly before the pour. This driveway needs to be torn out and replaced to correct the issue.
Hollow concrete driveway in Shawnee
This is a great questions. With gas prices reaching “all time highs” everyday it obviously gets more and more expensive to drive all over town to give customers “free” estimates. Let me tell people something….they are not free. Estimates never have been. Someone has to pay for the gas and time it takes to do estimates. Contractors have built this in as part of their price of the job. With the prices of gas going up so does the price of the goods and SERVICES. Here are some things you as a homeowner can do to help or should consider.
- If your not serious about getting the work done ask for a number you can use for budgeting purposes. (I still would like to get in front of these people. As a contractor I always thought it was good to start working with people on their project from the earliest stage possible).
- Be patient. Don’t expect the contractor to drop everything to drive across town for your estimate. Everybody is trying to be a little more efficient.
- Be present for the appointment. This is one of my pet peeves. “Can you swing by and put the estimate in my mailbox?” If you can’t take 10 minutes out of your day to meet the contractor they won’t spend the time to drive across town (unless they are real hard up). Early on in my career we would do be willing to write something up and drop it off without seeing the customer. We never got one job by this, and most of the time the customer was unresponsive to any follow up. What a waste of time and money.