Can You Walk Off A Job?

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Old 06-26-2008, 08:17 PM   #1
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Can You Walk Off A Job?

Have you ever had a customer that no matter what you do, they never seam satisfied. I had a customer many years ago and was tempted to walk off. Unfortunately the draw schedule was set up in quarters and the last draw was 12,000.00 I was very nervous but on this one I did finally get paid. Since then I've rewritten my contracts to avoid this. I now set them up so that if a customer turns stupid, I can just walk off. Not what I would want to do but it lets me sleep better at night knowing that the money/work completed scale isn't lopsided.
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:32 PM   #2
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I did it once. The customer was playing silly assed games and lying to me so I walked off with letting go of $600. It felt good.

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Old 06-26-2008, 09:05 PM   #3
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If I don't have a history established with the customer, I set up a schedule that may leave a final 5% at the end. I have walked once, before I did that, and lost a few thousand. Live and learn.
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Old 06-26-2008, 09:18 PM   #4
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You can do whatever you want, you might get sued and lose though. Do a search, someone posted about walking off the job and being sued for more than the cost of the job, I believe it was in New Orleans or LA (the state, although I'm not 100% sure).
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never did. felt like it several times, but I am a man of my word and I WILL finish it, may not like it though and may never work for them again
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Well the right thing to do is instead of walking off become the biggest ahole on the planet until your asked to leave. If it's to the point your thinking of walking off your probably past asking for referrals.
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walk off during the estimate phase
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walk off during the estimate phase
Ditto that.

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Old 06-27-2008, 03:08 PM   #9
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Did it once. It was the first day of an exterior brick paint job. We started on the driveway side that had just been black topped. The home owner expressed her concern that we not get any paint on the new driveway... not a problem. I went overbord & put drops about 60' out from the house. Homeowner comes out about 2 hours after we started & starts ranting about the white spots on drive way just after the drops ended. As hard as i tried, I could not make her see the birds in the tree directly above the "white spots on my drive way". We packed it up right there.......
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I've got one I'm thinking of walking off on now- a guy calls me up on Wed last week, he's a GC doing a small HO job, needs a patio poured by the end of the week.

We set up and schedule for Fri, the masons weren't done yet with a wall around the patio, and the weather put us back to Mon.

Monday morning, concrete scheduled for 9, GC calls at 8 and cancels after we are onsite and ready to go. He says he needs to hit up the HO for some change order $$.

Reschedule for Wed 7 am. GC calls at 8pm Tues, the night before a 7am pour, and pushes us off again, asks us to re-schedule for Thurs-Fri. He hasn't collected his CO $$ yet.

We're booked, see ya next week if you are lucky. We'll see....

Never met the guy before this job, he got our number off the truck. He talks a good game, has done a lot of bigger commercial jobs. He called a couple times this week asking if we would haul off his trash from the job, too.

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