This past year I helped build a new home in South Dakota. We were working under a lot of uncertainty and stress. Every other building project was going well. Everything looked very good. Then, the contractor decided to do a drywall job, which was a huge mistake. We spent hours in the office, and we were under a lot of pressure. We were on the project for three months, and then the contractor decided to do one of the drywall jobs, which was a mistake.
I can’t tell you the level of stress in my life. My wife, who is also a contractor, was working on her own design. She was on the project for six months, and then the contractor did the drywall job, which was a mistake. As I’m typing this I’m wondering if I just made the biggest mistake of my life, just because I was doing the drywall, but I don’t know.
Stress is a pretty big thing in the real world, but in construction it’s even more relevant because so many contractors are so busy. In the real world, you’re only allowed to be stressed if your partner is, or your project is, or you just got some work to do.
The problem I see is that some contractors seem to have some sort of weird sense of entitlement as soon as a job starts, which can cause stress. The worst thing about this is that this can be worse than being the project’s client. Because now your client is the project, making sure you get all the necessary approvals, and the contractor is just a part of the whole thing.
Sure, in the real world clients are usually a much more caring and professional bunch than contractors. But since the whole thing with clients comes down to trust, and in some cases, not knowing what your client might do if they don’t trust you enough to pay you for that job, contractors tend to get a little carried away when it comes to business decisions.
Since the whole thing with clients is trust, I think contractors would be hard-pressed to give up the client/project relationship without some sort of compensation. If they’re not willing to, I would imagine it’s because they’ve got too much invested in the project to give it up.
I have no idea what that compensation would be though. I will say this though. It’s a good thing that contractors can feel comfortable enough to make a call like that. It would be a shame for a contractor to think that they can just go and sit on their hands and wait to see what happens.
It would also be a shame for a contractor to think that they can just go and sit on their hands and wait to see what happens.
I think I speak for most when I say that I’d be perfectly happy to give up all of my work for a chance to get paid. I’m not saying I haven’t been disappointed in the past, but every time I’ve given it a chance, I found something new or improved about it. And I don’t want to brag but I have a big “but”.
I’ve been following the new trailer which I have been having a lot of fun with, and I really like it.