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Old 03-23-2017, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default Last second cancellation.

We had a job booked for August this summer. People emailed us and said they were going to hold off for now. That happens. I found out from the carpenter we hired the home owners decided to hire a different painter who came in at a fraction of the cost.

My problem is the owners said they signed our contract and were about to mail it back to us. The next day is when they canceled. I would love to call them out on this. Since I din not have a signed contract in hand I'm S.O.L.

I hired the carpenter to do the repairs who said he was walking off the job because of what these owners did to us.

The electrician is also now backing out. The trickle down effect from canceling. I don't think they saw that coming.

I didn't ask any of the other trades to walk away. They said since we hired them for the job and not the owner they will walk away.
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Old 03-23-2017, 04:36 PM   #2
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Guess I don't see where this is a last second cancellation if it was scheduled for August. Yeah, they changed their minds just before signing and sending you the contract but that's perfectly within their rights. Sure, It may seem like a sucky move from your perspective but it happens in business. At least you have time to schedule another job for that time slot.

As for the other guys walking off, were they subs contracted through you or just recommended by you? If just recommended, leaving the job because of what happened seems a bit drastic. But if they feel they had some moral imperative for needing to do so, so be it. Doubt the HOs will have a very difficult time finding others to come in and take over.
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You schedule jobs almost a half year out? I have trouble keeping a couple weeks going straight.
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You schedule jobs almost a half year out? I have trouble keeping a couple weeks going straight.
We are booked already into July. Was starting to fill August.
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Guess I don't see where this is a last second cancellation if it was scheduled for August. Yeah, they changed their minds just before signing and sending you the contract but that's perfectly within their rights. Sure, It may seem like a sucky move from your perspective but it happens in business. At least you have time to schedule another job for that time slot.

As for the other guys walking off, were they subs contracted through you or just recommended by you? If just recommended, leaving the job because of what happened seems a bit drastic. But if they feel they had some moral imperative for needing to do so, so be it. Doubt the HOs will have a very difficult time finding others to come in and take over.
I call it last second because of all the emails, phone calls, texts and going back to go over all work to be done. As for the other trades we usually let the ho deal with them which was this case. The sub's did choose one their own to walk away. I oy told them we had the job then told them we lost it.
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It's comes with the territory. Forget about them, it wasn't a good fit. Green pastures will fill that slot.
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Guess I don't see where this is a last second cancellation if it was scheduled for August. Yeah, they changed their minds just before signing and sending you the contract but that's perfectly within their rights. Sure, It may seem like a sucky move from your perspective but it happens in business. At least you have time to schedule another job for that time slot.

As for the other guys walking off, were they subs contracted through you or just recommended by you? If just recommended, leaving the job because of what happened seems a bit drastic. But if they feel they had some moral imperative for needing to do so, so be it. Doubt the HOs will have a very difficult time finding others to come in and take over.
Around here (I live just south of Dave) having a tradesman walk out on a job can cause a big problem. I have had jobs delayed for long periods due to HOs not not being able to find a good contractor. Often they can find a bad contractor that does not show up.

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Just curious, didn't the other trades have a contract with the homeowner?

did they just break the contract and walk?

doesn't sound very professional, if you don't hire *** company we all walk

maybe i am missing something here
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Just curious, didn't the other trades have a contract with the homeowner?

did they just break the contract and walk?

doesn't sound very professional, if you don't hire *** company we all walk

maybe i am missing something here
We have done a lot of jobs over the years where other trades were also involved but we typically never even know who they are going to be until we get on site and even then only if they are there when we are. I've never heard of one walking off a job because one of the other subs may be having issues with the HO. They are too focused on doing their own work and maintaining their own schedules to make someone else's problem their own - if they even know there are any problems. For several to walk simply because one outfit didn't get the job, especially one not even scheduled until four months from now, is... amazing.
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Well if they are all like Dave and charge $100+ an hour and have worked booked out for months at a time, who cares, sheesh!!
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