Sunday, September 4, 2016

How to Get Work Done When Contractors are Busy: Part 2

Last time we started the discussion on how to effectively get work done when contractors are so busy. We first discussed recognizing that you are not the contractor’s only client.

Second, patience is the name of the game. Don’t yell, don’t leave 6 voicemails in one day, don’t call in special favors because you may be personal friends. I’m not saying to excuse a lack a communication or promptness, but give them at least 24 to 48 hours to respond you. They may be out on appointments all day or in an area with no cell reception. Cut them a little slack in getting back to you. But if you haven’t heard from someone in a week, maybe you need to reconsider working with them. Don’t expect them to make an appointment with you after hours or on the weekend. The contractor is probably working a 50-60 hour week as it is, please be mindful of their boundaries. You wouldn’t want to work after hours or on the weekend, would you? Are you just asking for a quote or are you giving the go ahead to begin your project? Know that their in process projects require more urgent attention than your project that may not be starting for several months.

Do you have any tips for connecting with a contractor? Or getting a project completed in a timely fashion? I’d love to hear. Email me at Next time we will continue with our tips for getting work done.

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