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Old 05-24-2019, 06:51 AM   #1
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How is Lowes carpet subcontracting these days? I don't personally know anyone who has done it. When home depot started referring contractors, everyone in the shop made fun of it. Currently, everyone in the shop looks down on the Lowes contractors, even though they don't know any. They just assume it's young guys without experience doing shady work. I'm considering moving into a new town, where I might have to install with Lowes, at least partly. I don't have alot of experience running my own jobs. I've been a helper, then partner with the same guy for 14 years and he has the truck, but the carpet store schedules the work and handles the customers. I've been taking the odd side job here and there to get my feet wet running my own jobs.
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Old 05-24-2019, 08:53 AM   #2
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I think they use licensed and insured contractors.

I’m quite sure they don’t pay at the top of the scale.

If you want the second, you need the first.


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Old 05-24-2019, 11:27 AM   #3
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I’m quite sure they don’t pay at the top of the scale.

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I'm insured ,but licensed, I wouldn't know where to start.
I'm not looking for top scale pay, neither am I looking for top scale work. It might well be worth looking into.
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I'm insured ,but licensed, I wouldn't know where to start.
I'm not looking for top scale pay, neither am I looking for top scale work. It might well be worth looking into.
They don’t care about licensing, insurance yes. You should be good to go.
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I'm insured ,but licensed, I wouldn't know where to start.
I'm not looking for top scale pay, neither am I looking for top scale work. It might well be worth looking into.
Do you get to measure your own jobs with Lowes?
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Not when I tried it for a while. made for some ...interesting times.
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Not when I tried it for a while. made for some ...interesting times.
Who does it then?
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With HD, separate estimator comes out and measures.

The crew that showed up - very competent guy and 2 helpers. He doesn't work for the public at all.

Surprised me. Would also be surprised if this was the norm for HD, but this guy had it figured out and it was boom-boom and done.
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Who does it then?
No idea how it works now. Back then it was usually a store rep.
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I thought someone posted on here who used to carpet for home depot and Lowe’s and said they did their own measurements. The customer would pay a $49 fee to cover it then it would be applied to their order if they moved forward.

My advice to the op is learn a different type of flooring to install and make real money.
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We all had to start somewhere. Many of the jobs I've done that got me where I'm at today, we're just stepping stones. Many were not high paying in money, but were high paying in learning experience. If that's the only place you've got to hustle up a living & learning to run your own jobs, jump on it & use it as s stone to get you to the next level.



Hell, I spent 6 months selling rainbow vacuums years ago. What can ya learn about construction from selling vacuums? You learn to close the sale. I still use many of the techniques today that I learned in that 6 months.
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Lowe’s does the marketing and the sales, and the money gets direct deposited into your bank a few days after the job is complete.....so you should factor in what that’s worth to you.
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Expertise of subcontractors varies.


While some are good at what they do, others are not.


Here are some pics of a Lowe’s fence installation:









Not pictured are the Fastener packaging, fast food garbage, and drink cups that were scattered all over the yard and property.


If you are not familiar with the red clay of Oregon, it is difficult if not impossible to remove.

And as the customer found out, pre-payment leaves little room for recourse.


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Never could make any money for those places. Working independent, I could make twice as much.
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Expertise of subcontractors varies.


While some are good at what they do, others are not.


Here are some pics of a Lowe’s fence installation:









Not pictured are the Fastener packaging, fast food garbage, and drink cups that were scattered all over the yard and property.


If you are not familiar with the red clay of Oregon, it is difficult if not impossible to remove.

And as the customer found out, pre-payment leaves little room for recourse.


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Expertise of subcontractors varies.


While some are good at what they do, others are not.


Here are some pics of a Lowe’s fence installation:









Not pictured are the Fastener packaging, fast food garbage, and drink cups that were scattered all over the yard and property.


If you are not familiar with the red clay of Oregon, it is difficult if not impossible to remove.

And as the customer found out, pre-payment leaves little room for recourse.


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Expertise of subcontractors varies.


While some are good at what they do, others are not.


Here are some pics of a Lowe’s fence installation:





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Not pictured are the Fastener packaging, fast food garbage, and drink cups that were scattered all over the yard and property.


If you are not familiar with the red clay of Oregon, it is difficult if not impossible to remove.

And as the customer found out, pre-payment leaves little room for recourse.


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No idea how it works now. Back then it was usually a store rep.
If you aren't estimating your own jobs, you won't make anything.

When I did HD, I estimated my own work.
Their "piece rate" was for the basic job.

The basic job was almost non-existent.
It's all about up selling the job. Then you make money.
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Do you have a Menards in your area ? If so check into getting their flooring contractor list. Customer comes into Menards and needs an installer. Menards gives the customer a list of installers. Customer calls you and you do your own measure. You have control of pricing and schedule. Do a good job treat the customer right and be sure to give them your business card and it will lead to a lot of repeat business and them telling their family and friends about you.
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