The owner of a pizza store under construction asked the contractor to build some shelves, not in the contract, for free. His reply, worth reading here, won him the argument pretty quickly.
Yes, you can do a few favours for free – in the context of a much bigger reno. But don’t just blurt those offers out. Do them only after careful consideration.
Our publisher Rob Koci goes off on unsuspecting people, tonight on the Discovery Channel. Sort of like around here at Canadian Contractor.
Yvette Aube’s chimney service company asks for deposits in the range of 25 to 33 per cent of the project total.
Our poster J. Mollohan says he is glad he no longer has to supervise 8 employees. Working alone, he says he is constantly busy, makes a good living, and never has to advertise.
Bridget Piper makes an eloquent defence of the often 50 per cent deposits that her family-run firm asks for
John at Bluestone Construction replies to Alex Beraskow of myreno411.com who argues that reno contractors don’t need deposits, period.
“Perhaps the business owner is not managing the cash well enough. If the business can’t manage cash, will the contractor be able to manage the tasks, the timelines along with the sub trades?”
Cash work is always a slippery slope. It’s a drug, not part of a sound business plan.
“This is what happens when you pay for your electricians $10 an hour less…”
Canadian Contractor reader says that Henry Bugden, in our What Would You Do? case study, should avoid going to work full-time for Gunther Zoller.
“A tug of the forelock to someone like Alec Caldwell of CARAHS, who does go out and stick his big nose into people’s building sites, isn’t out of place.”
“If the Ontario College of Trades is backed by law, they don’t need my consent. If they are not backed by law, I do not consent.”
Wouldn’t it be great if the WSIB could make a clear and unambiguous statement on the company dividends issue? Perhaps they will now. Read on…
“There is no reason to imply to the public that ‘No good contractor needs more than 10 per cent to start a job,’ ” says Ben Kuypers.
Dave Anderchek, JABA Construction, Saskatoon, says that, with totally inaccurate comments like this in the national press, it’s “time for Mr. Holmes to leave” our industry.
“She’s bought her first house, and she wants to play Martha Stewart. Unfortunately, she has the budget of Wilma Flintstone.”