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DeGroot: Getting a positive response from traders

Do you want to replace your gutters? Building a garden shed? Add a new window? Improve the wiring? Install a swimming pool? Designing a back patio? Replace garage doors?

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Do you want to replace your gutters? Building a garden shed? Add a new window? Improve the wiring? Install a swimming pool? Designing a back patio? Replace garage doors?

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Nowadays, it is almost impossible to find craftsmen to carry out work on your house. The number one challenge is finding someone to stop at. Challenge number two is getting him to follow recommendations and a quote. Challenge number three is to finally get them to show up to do the job.

Still, there are some things you can do to get a positive response from tradespeople.

Relationship work: If you’ve ever hired a contractor to do work on your home, call them back and remind them how happy you were with the previous work. Construction people are always happier helping existing customers than trying new customers.

References are essential: If a co-worker, brother, sister, neighbor, daughter, or friend has had a positive experience with a tradesperson, use that to your advantage. Call the contractor and say, “My sister was so pleased with the work you did on her new bathroom, she said I just had to contact you.”

To be realistic: Don’t expect a follow-up call from a contractor if you need a visit this week. And don’t expect the job to be done in a month. Also, if you can find someone to do your job instantly, you probably don’t want them doing your job. The best workers are the busiest workers.

Do your homework: Discuss with others the cost of replacing their concrete driveway or building the wine cellar. Don’t expect to find someone to do similar work for half the price.

Being flexible: On the first call to have work done, let them know they can come and visit your home anytime. Once the appointment is made, make sure everything is ready.

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Be serious: Entrepreneurs and designers are busy. If you tell them that you’ve always been curious about adding a second story above the garage and you’re starting to come up with design ideas and pricing, you probably won’t be taken seriously. But if you call and tell the builder that you’ve been saving money for three years and are ready to take the plunge, he’ll respond accordingly.

Do not get five presentations or quotes: Again, entrepreneurs are busy, and if there’s only a 20% chance they’ll get the job, they probably won’t bite. You only need one builder, and if you’re happy with their proposal, be ready to commit.

Be honest: A few weeks ago I called Ahmed from Sarnia Appliance Repair to help fix our Maytag washer. I told her mine was not an emergency as we could hand wash clothes or use Jarod’s yarn washer. Dishwashers and dryers are not an emergency. Freezers and refrigerators are.

Don’t push the competition: Flags are raised if you complain about the experience you had with a previous contractor. Good entrepreneurs respect good entrepreneurs. Remember we live in a small town.

Offer cookies: Traders like to work for nice people. When the upholsterer comes to give you recommendations on new trim and vinyl upholstery, offer them a bottle of water. And promise that when your job is done, you’ll have delicious cookies, hot coffee, and cold drinks on hand while the workers get the job done.