What do you guys do when you have scheduled clients and the rain messes up the schedule? do you bump the current week to next week and next week to the following week? wht do you do in this case? how do you schedule the current clients so you dont mess up next weeks schedule?
Keeping to a set schedule is virtually impossible. Things come up, projects run behind, it rains, snows, guys get sick...etc...All you can do is call your clients and tell them your running a couple of days behind schedule...the main thing is to keep contact and not ignore the situation.
We do anything posible to keep the schedule without making our problem become their problem. If it's weather related, try to move a dry job to the rain day and move the rain day to the dry(hopefully) day. This way you don't inconvience every customer for weeks to come. I wish I could say we had an extra crew to take up the slack if one or 2 of the guys is "sick", but usually we are over booked. In any case, we will work as much overtime as needed to keep the schedule. Customers sometimes take off work and don't take kindly to being called up with little or no notice to cancel or rescedule.
It is impossible to stay strictly to a schedule, but with no schedule, you would be in bad shape. I wished that I had an easy answer. Rain kills me. I, as a general rule, usually "push my schedule back" unless I have some task that must be completed on a particular day. If I can work in a location that is not affected by rain, I'll do it, but in our line of work, there aren't many places like that.
Do not go gentle into that good Night... Rage, rage.. And then call them and explain the problem, I have found that a phone can do wonders, and they respect that, ie you had the forthought to think ahead and let them know, We have all heard complaints from customers about other contractors that dont show up, or my personal favorite is , well he was here last week. Customer relations is what it is all about.