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Old 08-27-2013, 09:54 PM   #21
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You ever try to paint around a border? Trust me, you will only do it once
If it's glued down good just paint over it!
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So here is my situation,
I have had a very slow summer--well, slow would have been nice.
Now, I have one potential customer (my wife's aunt) who cannot decide exactly what she wants done. I convinced her to have me take off old peeling wallpaper before I paint, but now she cannot decide if she wants to have me remove the border too. Another potential customer who was very happy with the estimate, but is trying to convince the other three condo owners to get the work done now and not wait. I did give them a discount on labor, but with the stipulation that the estimate had to be signed by Sept. 7th. A third customer who is having me wait until her sons return to college before I begin work (I know that I have this work, but I just want to start so I can earn some money).

So, wondering if any of you that have owned their own company longer than me, which is just about everyone here, that has experience convincing HO to sign estimate--give them a little nudge.
I usually put it to them like this: The price for the work (labor only) is $1,500, but if you are ready for a Sept 7th start date, I will give you 10% off my labor price.

or: I have a big project I am scheduled to start on Sept 16th, and I can squeeze you in on the 7th and have you completed by the 15th, (that would work perfect for my September schedule). If I don't get you started on Sept 7th, I may not be able to fit you in until Nov., 1st.

Sometimes, (if you need the income), you need to put some fire under the customers butt and bluff them.
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