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Old 04-07-2012, 06:27 AM
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I don't know maybe if I am turning into more of an an a-hole as I get older but I am finding it next to impossible to get people to do work around my house, boat etc. I called 3 people to get quotes for bottom paint on my boat done. 2 called back, one guy blew me off when he was to come over to take a look. The other guy I needed to call 3 times because he asked that I call him back 3 times. Then another 3 calls to get a quote from him. Lawn service, called 4 landscapers, one called back and he just blew me off this morning. Putting an addition on, after interviewing 5 architects find one that seems to align with what we want. 6 weeks in and we just have a rough sketch (he has not asked for any money).

I just do don't get it. I would really take it personally, but I can't even get people over to look at doing work. Those that do seem to do some work and then fad away (without even asking for a dime). I am beginning to think my father is right when he keeps saying America just does not know how to work anymore.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:31 AM
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Glad to hear its not only Florida. You would think with a poor economy that people would be fighting for your business yet I find just the opposite.
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Old 04-07-2012, 06:50 AM
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Same deal going on here..

I am nearing the end of a remodel to a rental house I bought.

I am fully aware at my age that you get what you pay for...so the low bid usually comes with some trepidation. So far the only good deal I came up with was with my garage door and installer. First class work, neat thorough and on time.

Licensed handyman who worked with me for two months just stopped showing up, and stopped taking my calls. I paid him what he asked and paid promptly.

Flooring guy was a joke. Two guys and a beat up van and hardly any tools. But the price was right and cleaning up their mistakes only took a day. You would have thought they were having a race to lay the flooring. The molding all had to be pulled up. I stopped them before they were done and cut my losses....

My tree guy subbed the job out partially....the sub was great...my guy has still not sent me an invoice for doing the work I paid him for. But his sub, who I plan on giving more work to, sent me an invoice covering the whole amount...

Thank God the electrical and plumbing was within my scope of expertise..
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Old 04-07-2012, 03:42 PM
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I just really don't get it...About a year back I had some plumbing work I needed done at one of my apartment buildings. I had a guy come over, tell me it will take him a few hours and he can do it right now, he just needs to hit the plumbing supply store. Never saw him again.

It seems all it would take to make a killing is to show up and return calls. You don't even need to decent work. I do the majority of my own work, but I just dont have the time to do it all. It is just not worth babysitting these guys.
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LOL. I have seen the same thing. Oddly enough I did get good service from a garage door guy too though.
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Yeah, and the ones you can have come to your house are much much more expensive than the ones you can pick up on a street corner. What's the world coming to. hehe.
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I meet alot of wacky homeowners in my biz, too.....lifes pretty short, and taking time away from my family and hobbies to meet with a bunch of time wasters aint a picnic, let me tell you....
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:36 AM
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A word to the wise........If you do find a good guy, overpaying him alittle or giving him some slack on time constraints (if he is cheaper than others) will reap bigger rewards in the long run.....

I have a neighbor that chisels every guy in town and calls on estimates on every stinking thing....(wasting more time)....He also complains he can't seem to get anyone to do repeat work

Me, I farm out some work, I don't just use the lowest price, mostly do it myself and get much more done than the neighbor that sits in the house, complains and lets his house/cars/lawn crumble away....
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My best friend is a jack of all trades and does perfect work. I pay him in beer and Jack Daniels.
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It seems all it would take to make a killing is to show up and return calls. You don't even need to decent work. I do the majority of my own work, but I just dont have the time to do it all. It is just not worth babysitting these guys.[/QUOTE]

I started my plumbing business with this mentality and it has worked fantastic. It is 100% true. There have been times when I have gotten overwhelmed with work and let some jobs go" I have always explained myself and gave the option for the people to wait" or other times when i was told the price of another plumbers estimate and couldn't compete so I didn't call back, not the best way to handle it but those cases are few and far between.
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I have to admit when I hear such things about getting jobs done my first reaction.... the common denominator is usually the customer.

So I googled for handyman contractor etc in Seacoast NH and was surprised at the lack of quality finds and I was wrong. Seems the area my truly be a geographical oddity and a gold mine for a semi skilled good business person.
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I take pride in my business (GC) and do everything I can to make sure my customers are satisfied. I have been hearing the same thing in my area about getting quality people to do work. Its satisfying being complemented on the service I provide and do my best to keep it up. I don't understand how someone can try to run a business in the manner you described.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:07 PM
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Same here, I ended up painting the whole exterior of my house, sanded eaves, bleached twice, primer, two coats paint. Tackled the guest bath, jack and jill bath last month, just finished the master bath, paint on my knuckles as I sit here.
This creates problems when anyone sees the quality and they start the I' ll hire you to paint my house stuff. I didnt want to paint my own house/bath, think Im gonna mess with yours?
Its just to much hassle dealing with contractors.
I think the original contractor who painted this house originally painted all the ceilings with one gallon of ceiling paint and painted all the walls with one gallon of flat wall paint. The whole house with 2 gallons of paint.
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Originally Posted by Bugbuster View Post
Yeah, and the ones you can have come to your house are much much more expensive than the ones you can pick up on a street corner. What's the world coming to. hehe.
There is none of that going on in our area. I have a buddy in Atlanta who introduced me to the Home Depot Help in the corner of the lot at HD. They don't pay taxes, or speak english, but they seem to work hard.

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I have to admit when I hear such things about getting jobs done my first reaction.... the common denominator is usually the customer.

So I googled for handyman contractor etc in Seacoast NH and was surprised at the lack of quality finds and I was wrong. Seems the area my truly be a geographical oddity and a gold mine for a semi skilled good business person.
I will be the first to admit, I am always walking the line of an a-hole. But I bend over backwards for good help, leaving coolers with drinks, having sandwiches delivered, it annoys the hell out out of me to then have guys leave me hanging. The fact is I have much more respect for a guy that has some skills and does not mind working hard, then the white collar douche bags I work with every day.
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I just shut my gc business down. The problem is homeowners want work done
so cheap that it is hard for good / smart people to make it.
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