I referred a sub to one of my clients (who) got other quotes and found out my guy was the most expensive by far. Now I look like the bad guy.
"Now I tell my clients that are looking for a subcontractor referral that my guys are really busy and I don't think they would be available."
By Steve Payne
Steve Heidebrecht posted this in reply to an article we published on Oct. 30 about your crew potentially damaging your reputation.
“You have to be careful with referrals. A while ago I referred a subcontractor to one of my clients. The customer got a couple of other quotes and found out my guy was the most expensive by far. I don’t know if my guy was right and the others quoted too low, but the fact remains is that now I look like the bad guy for my sub contractors.
I took all the risk just to refer someone. I can only imagine if the guy had done the job incorrectly – or took the deposit and ran. How much worse would I have looked?
Unless I trust the guy 100 per cent I now tell my clients that are looking for a subcontractor referral that my guys are really busy and I don’t think they would be available. Or I tell them this guy will be more money but he does really good work. Just to cover me in case his quote is higher.