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Old 02-15-2019, 08:43 PM   #21
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I also try to not work for friends or neighbors.
When I tell them that, if it doesn’t work, I get a little short.
Then it’s just, “this job isn’t for me. Thanks anyway”. Then I walk away


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Old 02-16-2019, 10:04 AM   #22
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I tell people my work radius is more of a donut shape. Nothing too close to home!
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Try this: "It's ****ty job and I just don't want to do it."
People really do overthink things. Unless you have a bunch of sensitive ass friends and neighbors, people will not get upset by you telling him that's not the kind of work you do.

An acquaintance and neighbor of one of my rent properties asked me to build a pole barn for him. Now I have built pole barns, but it's been a long time and it's not really something I do, and let's be honest it's not really a money maker for a builder.

I just straight up told him sorry brother, sounds like more hassle than it's worth for me. Thanks for thinking of me though, heres a guy's number that builds them all the time, he would be cheaper than me anyway.

Some people may remember me telling this story last year, that guy said come on man I really want you to build it. I said I tell you what all I'm going to do is call that pole barn Builder and sub it out to him and Mark it up 20%. You want to save 20%? LOL

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This is the classic "RED" flag job we talk about so often on here and elsewhere. #1 It's a "small" job, yeah right. #2 He contacted you more than once to come take a look which means no one else wants to touch the job. #3 As a neighbor of yours, I guarantee he's looking for the "culdesac discount."

If you take on this RED flag job I predict #1 It will take 3 times longer than expected. #2 He will drive you nuts with pointless conversation and bother you with calls at home at the end of each work day, and #3, you will actually LOSE money doing this "small" job for a neighbor.
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Try this: "It's ****ty job and I just don't want to do it."
Man it took us a long time to get there. I was going to write, this works real well, not real complicated...

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When the whif and I became homeowners. My Dad told us to go meet your neighbours and tell them all to Kiss your ass .

He said this would save you time in the future.
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I have a neighbour like that. Wanted me to rebuild an awning window sash that had clearly been deteriorating for about 20 years and redo his soffits and facia. I didn't want to do any of it so I gave him a price for the window that really would have made it worth my while... I didn't wind up doing any of the work for him and I don't think I've talked to him since lol.
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Just tell him you don't work for family or neighbors. I do it all the time. Works like a charm. AND IT'S THE TRUTH. Tell him it's not good to mix the two.


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Go with your gut. I do a lot of work for some neighbors. Most help me when I need it.

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So I looked at the tile job and it's patching up some bathroom tiles.
Tiles probably need "patching up" because they were not installed properly in the first place. What's loose now is probably the tip of the iceberg.

Just remember you touch it, you own it.
Amen and u already know he is going to walk on it too soon and f it up and then tell everyone in the neighborhood you're a hack
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Plus he's too pushy. I let people like him know right off the bat that this show runs on my time. Tell him you'll be right over and don't show up for 2 hours.

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