What do you do when a new GC or customer asks you to do a small job now, but tells you about this realllll big job they've got coming up. They're trying to get a discount. Do you give a better price or the same? Do you ever see the big job later?
Eagle: Talk of the "big job coming up" is just that, TALK. It ain't a job till you have a signed contract. I used to get the "talkers", but somehow most have gone away. Had one a few weeks ago; 400ksf building, needs a 4000 amp, 480 service and the plant moved. Spent about a half day, looking at existing plant & running some budget numbers for the GC. He may have had a corronary....told him a budget number of $450,000.00 and that he needs "plans". Haven't heard a peep since he hung up. John
Re: I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger Today#17444 11/25/0207:44 PM11/25/0207:44 PM
Eagle, got one better than that! Get a call on the answering machine today from the VP of a BIG commercial company who we sat down with two weeks ago trying to get something going.
I did the VP's house about two years ago. I said here comes the money as soon as I heard his voice. As my mouth watered thinking of a $250K job he began to say he needs me to put some yard lights at his house for the holiday season... Ah rat turds!
BUT the next message on the machine was his chief estimator calling for a bid on a new hospital wing.
Was it luck or just that good ole danglin' carrot?
Re: I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger Today#17445 11/25/0208:09 PM11/25/0208:09 PM
The only thing worse than that is when they are standing there with your final payment in their shirt pocket, and they ask for that little favor. The longer I'm around, the more I realize that anything worth doing is worth getting paid for. All this "free stuff" is garbage. I will also add that it always happens again, if they get away with it the first time. Don't get me wrong though, I've done favors for other crafts on the job, but on the job only. I hooked up an icemachine for a GC the other day, but he has done some things for me that has saved many hours in labor. If I would have insisted on getting paid though, he would have paid me to do it.
See how many hamburgers McD's will give you with no payment, Doc
The Watt Doctor Altura Cogen Channelview, TX
Re: I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger Today#17447 11/25/0209:09 PM11/25/0209:09 PM
Based on my experiences, the "BIG" job rarely comes back to you. Sometimes it's an experienced cheapo just working their game, other times it's a new contractor that doesn't know how to bid, but really thinks they are going to get more work. Either way, I'm not the contractor for them.
Re: I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger Today#17451 11/26/0207:04 PM11/26/0207:04 PM
Don't forget..... "My brother needs alot of work done, I'll have him call you". These people are completely backwards. You might get a deal when you are a good customer who pays in a timely manner and dosen't bitch about the price every time.