Monthly Archives: April 2011

The “Beat This” Strategy

Competitive Bidding The following is an excerpt from a discussion between a client and me. In his desire to try to get the lowest possible bid, he suggested a strategy and wanted to know what I thought of it. Client: I think there is one more bid out there. I think I should call a…
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A plan for the investment house.

There’s a certain panic in the air right now, all the lip service Ive been paying to these game changing  house projects I’ve talked up. Up to now Ive had all kinds of things in my path, like Christmas shopping- the holidays- holiday take-downs and put-aways, and finally the Super bowl. So now I think…
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I’ve grown to appreciate Inspectors.

I don’t know about anyone else, but mention an inspector and my first reaction is cop!  In my many years in the trades I’ve come under the scrutiny of different inspectors plenty.  I really had to grow a lot not to take them personally.  Imagine that, someone with the audacity not to accept judgments made…
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Don’t Pay Contractors Up Front!

I am constantly hearing stories that galvanize me to my cause. The other day, I was talking to a client who told me this…. My client’s elderly mother wanted to have the exterior of her house painted. So she contacted a local painter who had come somewhat recommended, and asked him to come take a…
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