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Old 08-19-2019, 08:13 AM   #1
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Difficult Client


Working for a very difficult client right now.

Doesn't want to pay,
Demands I save her as much money as possible. Wants to see all receipts for everything I buy.
Wants to look over my shoulder & watches everything I do.
Demands to be allowed to help & won't let me bring in hired help to complete project.
Wants me to work weekends & after hours.
Extremely high expectations.

Very frustrating.
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Old 08-19-2019, 08:22 AM   #2
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Did you lose the word "no" from your vocabulary?

This is why I thank God I am a GC, and not a craftsman.

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Ha ha, I have a feeling pinwheel was referring to the wifey...

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I didn't even think of that, but still, I am the man of the house. I would say no. And mean it.


Maybe. If I am tired of sleeping all night or eating regular meals.
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Patience and fortitude.....

Remind your client there's such a thing as squeezing a bar of soap too hard.
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My wife is my worst customer.
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I didn't even think of that, but still, I am the man of the house. I would say no. And mean it.


Maybe. If I am tired of sleeping all night or eating regular meals.

I used to be brave like that. But she beat it out of me approximately 30 years ago. At least i had a few years of delusion
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My wife carries a badge and a gun.......

I can see it now.....she is cleaning her duty weapon and it goes off......her defense could be I could have sworn I unloaded it, I can't help it if he was in the wrong place.....
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My wife is extremely non confrontational and very low keyed. But Damn smart.


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I used to be brave like that. But she beat it out of me approximately 30 years ago. At least i had a few years of delusion
His last paragraph let me know he knew who was in charge

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I obviously made this post in jest. Truth be told, like many of us here, I feel very blessed to have a wife willing to jump in & get dirty when it comes to working on our own projects. She brings a very special skillset to our business & our own house project. Very talented woman without a doubt & very financially conscious. Our business/personal wealth wouldn't be where it's out without her looking out for our finances.

Over the weekend, we tore into one of the last phases of our house remodel & started gutting our guest bedroom Next to last room that needs remodeled. She was right in there with me tearing down drywall & packing out all the demo. Reworking water lines & electric today. Still gotta move a wall to widen the hallway before rehanging drywall. Really trying to wrap this 4 year project before winter. We're in the final push.
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I obviously made this post in jest. Truth be told, like many of us here, I feel very blessed to have a wife willing to jump in & get dirty when it comes to working on our own projects. She brings a very special skillset to our business & our own house project. Very talented woman without a doubt & very financially conscious. Our business/personal wealth wouldn't be where it's out without her looking out for our finances.

Over the weekend, we tore into one of the last phases of our house remodel & started gutting our guest bedroom Next to last room that needs remodeled. She was right in there with me tearing down drywall & packing out all the demo. Reworking water lines & electric today. Still gotta move a wall to widen the hallway before rehanging drywall. Really trying to wrap this 4 year project before winter. We're in the final push.
Awesome. Look forward to pics!

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My wife has never done anything on a project, personal or not except pic stuff out and bring lunch or treats for the crew. She mowed the yard once - push mower, right after we got married. Lol

I take her car in for service and tires etc...

But I dont often need to do much in the house, if I work late or like when I built my house, every night and weekend she'd heat my supper up while I took a shower and brought me lunch by the site most weekends. I dont pay bills, go to the store, or do much house work. I will if it needs done, she just has it done usually. Etc...

Kinda old school, but it works well for us.

But I always think it's cool when I see husband/wife teams working well together. My buddies wife helps him do demo and does a lot of the painting and base boards with him when they flip a house.

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Most days my wife doesn't know where I'm working. She never knows how much money is in the checking account. She asks, before she buys anything.

She says she likes it this way. She doesn't have to worry or think about those things.

Truthfully, she is in school now, it probably does make it easier for her.

I don't hide anything from her, she just doesn't care.

Regarding projects around the house, she can think up more crap than any customer. I hit the large items. She usually changes her mind on the others.
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Working for a very difficult client right now.

Doesn't want to pay,
Demands I save her as much money as possible. Wants to see all receipts for everything I buy.
Wants to look over my shoulder & watches everything I do.
Demands to be allowed to help & won't let me bring in hired help to complete project.
Wants me to work weekends & after hours.
Extremely high expectations.

Very frustrating.
You're working for your wife?
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Been trying to get things picked for our rebuild after the tornado. Can't really say I like picking things out with my wife... Definitely can't work together for long periods...lol!

Trying to pick new stucco colors and she says dark grey and medium grey. Grab some samples...nope too blue, grab some more...nope too brown...ahhh!! I like having clients tell me their colors not having to pick them for myself.
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my wife loves to help and she's amazing. She learns quickly and doesn't sit around messing with her phone. She would love to quit her $60k job and team up but I've been in construction long enough to be hesitant with the market outlook coming around the corner.
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Why you should have everything agreed in writing up front - saves you so much hassle when people start messing you around
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Why you should have everything agreed in writing up front - saves you so much hassle when people start messing you around
You should really try actually reading threads instead of just the title.
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Why you should have everything agreed in writing up front - saves you so much hassle when people start messing you around
Maybe he was referring to a pre-nup?

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