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Old 03-12-2009, 04:46 PM   #21
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Most of the time i get calls from friends so i dont mind helping them out. I have gotten calls before looking for advice or a bailout. I try to be calm and curteous to them and several times i ended up going to their residence and fixing their problem for them. Word of mouth goes a long ways around here so giving up some time here and there may net you more work.
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Old 03-12-2009, 06:20 PM   #22
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what annoys me is that some of these callers think you are a free information service, and they expect you to stop what you're doing and help them out. The ones I've encountered usually want advice that they could get on line if they bothered to search for it, but I think they figure , heck, I'll just ask this guy and save me the trouble.
If they call with the right attitude, I may try and help, but I find that it usually requires a lengthy conversation, and there isn't any benefit to me, except maybe helping someone out. I've gotten calls from England, Australia, Germany, Japan, and South America ( they all saw my website). I try and direct them to the right book or video that could teach them what they want to know.
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Old 04-16-2010, 07:33 PM   #23
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Our company prides itself in giving free guidance to homeowners who want to do it themselves. We will even go to the home improvement store and help them with their selections. Occasionally we have even picked up big items like countertops and delivered them for the customer. Our web site says that we are always there to guide a homeowner through the DIY process. We basically do everything but loan out the tools (although, we have done that one or two times on occasion, when we were doing other work at the same house) We are "Taylor'd" to the home owners needs. And it has come back to us tenfold. Often, when the DIYer gets in over his head he hires us to complete a part of the project or even hires us for bigger projects. We also let homeowners take on things that they think they want to do themselves, with our guidance. A few times we have even worked side by side with the homeowner to complete a project. It has gained us a valuable reputation.
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:14 PM   #24
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I get people from all over calling to ask which kind of decking they should install on their deck. These are people from a thousand miles away.

I charge $300 for my expertise in 15 minute blocks. So far, no takers!

I think it's a bargain. Don't you?
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I get calls from all across the country as well, usually I can talk for a few and the people are very appreciative of the help.

Locally the only things that have happened like that was someone needed to buy 10 more clips for Correct Deck (sold in boxes of 100-500) They came to me and gave me $10. And then someone wanted me to draw blueprints for their deck, I drew them and got paid for it. No big deal on the prints since I really enjoy drawing prints.
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I charge $300 for my expertise in 15 minute blocks. So far, no takers!

I think it's a bargain. Don't you?
No. Duh.

But if you seriously enforce that policy across the board (which I would find hard to believe), you are passing on a lot of PR/business.
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:39 PM   #27
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I charge $300 for my expertise in 15 minute blocks. So far, no takers!

I think it's a bargain. Don't you?
When I receivd my $300.00 consultation fee, I will respond.
Thank you for the opportunity to do business with you.

I do not get your kind of DIYs. What I get are other contractors who think they can install life & safety equipment. Then when they find they are over their heads, I am expected to teach them what to do. Then the building inspector passes the unsafe install. Although, this week I talked to 2 inspectors about problems with proposed commercial kitchen exhaust systems, one of which is to installed by a deck builder. Both inspectors told me they would required some kind of documentation that the work will meet Oregon Code. I will remain skeptical until I see the installation.
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This post just gave me an idea on how to get my foot in the door of people who need work done. I just posted a "special spring home improvement offer" for free contractor advice on DIY projects. We are going to offer plans and advice on how to get started and then give a bid to see if maybe they just want to hire the work out. I figured I would sell our services on a time comparison, like, what can you get done in 3 months of weekend work, we could do in a week.

Good idea, or no?

Atleast it will build my e-mail marketing list.

BTW, we already offer this on our web site- http://thi.itgo.com
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:11 AM   #29
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I give free advice all the time. Always to local people and quite often I get direct work or referrals from it. Really cheap advertising for me.
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I get a few a week,anything from how do I cut clay tile ,or how do I change a tub,or some other bs.How do you guys deal with it?As for me,the answers vary from "do your own homework",to "how do I tell my wife I sat here all day giving free advice with-out earning a penny" or what I told the last guy "I don't know how to do that but I will send out someone who does".I try to be nice but it is damn insulting.Self serving,self centered,inconsiderate people.I mean ,people like that do you even take the time to educate them?I tried,I'm tired of trying.I believe theses are the same people that say"hey,you guys are all hurting for work,I'll let you fight over the scraps I'm throwing out".Nothing like getting 5 bids for a frickin $300. job, huh!Wow,I feel much gooder!
Id use it as a opportunity. I would tell them I charge X amount for consulting. I would come out and show them how to do it . They provide the tools and all the labor. I will be a consultant only.
Hes gonna do it him self anyway right? So why not figure out how to make a little cash money on the side.
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:04 AM   #31
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Our company prides itself in giving free guidance to homeowners who want to do it themselves. We will even go to the home improvement store and help them with their selections. Occasionally we have even picked up big items like countertops and delivered them for the customer. Our web site says that we are always there to guide a homeowner through the DIY process. We basically do everything but loan out the tools (although, we have done that one or two times on occasion, when we were doing other work at the same house) We are "Taylor'd" to the home owners needs. And it has come back to us tenfold. Often, when the DIYer gets in over his head he hires us to complete a part of the project or even hires us for bigger projects. We also let homeowners take on things that they think they want to do themselves, with our guidance. A few times we have even worked side by side with the homeowner to complete a project. It has gained us a valuable reputation.
Ive done that before and it didnt work for me. I got a call from a acquaintance so I went over to a his house ran a little base for him in a small bathroom.
Thinking it would lead into more work.

Then I realized he had another contractor in the next room he was paying to do a job.
I gave this guy a bid to build some cabs.
He didn't give me the work.
Then I got a call from him to see if I would come over adj. some euro hinges for the doors on the very cabs that he gave the work to someone else.
I told that leech to call his contractor ( who bailed on him I might add) to finish the work.

I was at a cousin of my wife house for a party. I did a little work for him, built him some doors for old cabs he had in his house . he was going for a certain look, and I did a couple of other small things for him. So his wifes aunt was there bragging about this home they bought literally. She saw some of things I did for him. So she starts to be real nice to me. Talking ect then she asked me if I could build book cases for a room in her house that they wanted to covert into a office. I asked what type , species of wood size etc. She didnt really know but seemed like she wanted a "good deal" So I just told her not knowing what she wants I charge 400 bucks and materials minimum. It will go up from there. She got a funny look on her face turned around and left.
No more freebies for me buddy..



So Like I was saying been there and done that.

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