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Old 01-14-2014, 07:29 PM   #21
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:19 PM   #22
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Does anyone ever google their prospective client to get to know a little bit about who you may be dealing with?
We do it as standard procedure . Amazing what's public record these days and how accessible it is.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:19 AM   #23
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Well, all I can say is I wonder how many of you would allow your customers to run your personal credit, background, etc. before them thinking of using you... after all, who gives who a deposit...

Just sayin'...
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I Google them if we don't know them.
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Well, all I can say is I wonder how many of you would allow your customers to run your personal credit, background, etc. before them thinking of using you... after all, who gives who a deposit... Just sayin'...
I don't have a problem with that and in fact I think they would be very impressed with the results. Probably help me get more jobs.
Really no different than them calling previous customers for a reference.
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I don't have a problem with that and in fact I think they would be very impressed with the results. Probably help me get more jobs.
Really no different than them calling previous customers for a reference.
Knowing a lot of people in this industry, you are the exception, not the rule...

FYI, too many inquiries on your credit hurts it...
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:55 AM   #27
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Well, all I can say is I wonder how many of you would allow your customers to run your personal credit, background, etc. before them thinking of using you... after all, who gives who a deposit... Just sayin'...
Nobody's saying hire a private dick to dig into every corner of their life, wiretap their house, and administer a TSA style body cavity search. It a google search, for Pete's sake.

You might also learn from googling them that you have something in common with your prospective client that you can use to your advantage in winning the job. Say you find out they like to cross dress and love Elton John. You could wear a nice tasteful ball gown to your next meeting with them and keep whistling Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer. The job would be yours!
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You might also learn from googling them that you have something in common with your prospective client that you can use to your advantage in winning the job. Say you find out they like to cross dress and love Elton John. You could wear a nice tasteful ball gown to your next meeting with them and keep whistling Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer. The job would be yours!
Ha! Don't make me laugh. I'm sick today and hurts too much to laugh.
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Nobody's saying hire a private dick to dig into every corner of their life, wiretap their house, and administer a TSA style body cavity search. It a google search, for Pete's sake.
That's really not the point... the point is if a contractor (or anyone else) wanted to do a "search" on me as a basis for doing business (and no, you actually won't find anything on me), I'd show you the door... after all, I am inviting you into my home, not the other way around, and I am paying you, not the other way around...

I wonder... do you tell prospects you are doing this? If not, why not if it's no big deal?

It's as ludicrous as a car dealer doing a search on you before they let you buy a car...

The only way I can see this being ethical is if you are extending them credit AND they are informed you are doing it...



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You might also learn from googling them that you have something in common with your prospective client that you can use to your advantage in winning the job. Say you find out they like to cross dress and love Elton John. You could wear a nice tasteful ball gown to your next meeting with them and keep whistling Hold Me Closer Tiny Dancer. The job would be yours!


Or you could find out that they don't think it's ethical for you to be doing that when they are inviting you into their home, and paying you for services rendered, and in most cases, involve deposits... the trust factor is much more on their side...

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I guess I don't come across a lot of people wanting to remodel other people's homes... certainly makes the permit process hard...

I could care less what a person does for a living... whether or not they are up to date on their taxes is not my concern. My concern is if the check cashes... and if you are ahead of the draw schedule, it's a non-issue...
It happened to my in-laws. Their renters broke the lease stating "dire financial straits". When they went to check out the property, walls and closets had been removed, and the kitchen had been remodeled including removing a slider out to the patio to make room for a giant fridge (the renters offered to sell the in-laws the sub zero and the Viking range at $100 off). I haven't gone to see it yet but I'm guessing it'll cost about $75k to fix. It was all done DIY. And since walls have been opened, the Inspector is going to require all plumbing and electrical be updated, house was built in 1947 and had this awesome "Mad Men" vibe to it....sad.
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It happened to my in-laws. Their renters broke the lease stating "dire financial straits". When they went to check out the property, walls and closets had been removed, and the kitchen had been remodeled including removing a slider out to the patio to make room for a giant fridge (the renters offered to sell the in-laws the sub zero and the Viking range at $100 off). I haven't gone to see it yet but I'm guessing it'll cost about $75k to fix. It was all done DIY. And since walls have been opened, the Inspector is going to require all plumbing and electrical be updated, house was built in 1947 and had this awesome "Mad Men" vibe to it....sad.
Like you said DIY... wasn't a contractor involved... not the same at all...

That said, I am sure your in-laws did checks before they rented... don't know how the renters could get away with that if they were managing the property and checking in at least once a month... after all, they do own it...
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Often I'll do a reverse phone to get some info. After meeting them I generally don't bother. The big thing for me is getting their location and such... So I have some idea as to what I'm getting dragged into
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Well, all I can say is I wonder how many of you would allow your customers to run your personal credit, background, etc. before them thinking of using you... after all, who gives who a deposit... Just sayin'...
I would expect them to do the same.
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Yes, I check out my clients,..... who are all GCs of course.
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I would expect them to do the same.
I would not be offended if someone checked us out do you think we have the same right really . That can't be legal.
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I would not be offended if someone checked us out do you think we have the same right really . That can't be legal.
Of course it's legal. You were kidding right?

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