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I'm the contractor (by bet [MA]) Jul 10, 2018 4:34 PM
       I'm the contractor (by DJ [VA]) Jul 10, 2018 4:54 PM
       I'm the contractor (by Steve [MA]) Jul 10, 2018 5:12 PM
       I'm the contractor (by Robert J [CA]) Jul 10, 2018 5:30 PM
       I'm the contractor (by plenty [MO]) Jul 10, 2018 7:05 PM
       I'm the contractor (by Lynda [TX]) Jul 12, 2018 10:56 AM

I'm the contractor (by bet [MA]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 4:34 PM

Tomorrow: meet with roofer and sign contract to start roof project. Meet the painter and supply required paint. Meet the junk trash hauler guys.Start the landscaper on the next yard. Schedule the cleaners for the next empty apt. I like being the contractor and not the slave labor, I think we can get used to this real fast, lol --74.104.xxx.xxx

I'm the contractor (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 4:54 PM

And, in my opinion, WAY better to sub it out yourself, to your chosen people than to hire a general contractor to send their subs. --68.10.xxx.x

I'm the contractor (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 5:12 PM

Bet, we contractors make the really "BIG" bucks just ask any of my guys. They tell you they do all the work & I just collect the checks.(g)

It seems to me as though you are learning how to "Work smarter not harder".


I'm the contractor (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 5:30 PM

On an apartment building, 30 years ago, with my parents and brother as partners, they wanted to get outside specialty contractors to do the work. I was busy myself doing other jobs, I'm a licensed contractor.

The roofer's contract called for 30 pound roofing paper with 25 year fiberglass shingles on top. I showed up on the job and the roofer only used 15 pound paper, meaning there was little protection under the singles. Job had to be re-done.

The painter agreed to pressure wash the building and remove the loose paint and chalk type decay of paint. Then he was to let the surface dry, patch, sand, prime and paint. I showed up and they were already painting over the old stucco surface without any preparation.

So just because you hire a licensed contractor, have a meeting of the minds and have everything in writing -- doesn't mean the job is going to really turn out that way.

After this ordeal, my family realized that letting me do things my way and when a farm out jobs -- I'm going to have things done in stages so I can check on the job workmanship and quality of materials.

Like a faucet or toilet being changed without replacing the flexible water supply line. For around six dollars you can save yourself from a $5000 leak, mold and ceiling falling down. --47.156.xx.xx

I'm the contractor (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Jul 10, 2018 7:05 PM

Yes you are! Besure to have lunch and do a little networking! --99.203.xx.xxx

I'm the contractor (by Lynda [TX]) Posted on: Jul 12, 2018 10:56 AM

Bet, YOU are not the contractor--the contractor is the person contracted to do all the WORK. YOU are being the MANGER, as you are managing the people who are doing the work. You are making the decisions and having others actually DO the work. Sounds like you are a good manager. And a GREAT manager is one who will GO there and SUPERVISE the contracted workers and ensure it's done correctly as Robert mentions. Go supervise.

I used to bring a box of donuts if it was a morning job, or bring large pizza if it was an all day job, and then hang around and watch and ask questions. I was a barely tolerated presence, but I'm sure the work was done better because of it. --108.87.xx.xxx

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