Well, today was a milestone… - Posted by HR
Posted by HR on March 18, 2000 at 24:02:31:
Today I fired my first subcontractor in the rehab business. I have absolutely NO disillusions that it will be the last, either! LOL. Actually, I fired 3 today on two different job sites.
It felt so good. I don’t like firing people per se, but I had had enuf with the sloppy work and the high prices, and I told 'em it was all over. What made this more difficult was that I had never done this before in this biz, and I used these guys before with relative success and had a good relationship with them; firing a stranger would have been easier. Plus, it was me against their crew of 4, and I wanted them all to know why, and I stood my ground. I also absolutely refused to pay them the agreed upon $3000 for a plumbing job like we had verbally agreed; I gave 2 of 'em $540/each, and that’s it. I was fighting mad, and I stood my ground, and I can tell you for sure I am a better general contractor for it.
I found myself fearing that I woulden’t find someone else at their skill level and price, especially in a hot rehab market. Because of that fear, I kept these turkeys long after I should have let them go. What gave me the confidence to get rid of 'em was starting this new rehab on my fire damaged property. At every rehab I have ever done (only 5), I always get guys coming out of the woodwork to work on the side. I’ve gotten much better at screening the good from the bad. As soon as I started seeing some decent guys emerge, I realized I didn’t have to live with Curley, Larry, and Moe any longer, and the hammer dropped. I’m sure it will have a positive effect on the remaining workers, who will probably straighten up. At least for a day or two
Anyway, Phewwwwwww! What a relief. Few things can cause more grief than a screwy sub. I’m glad they are gone and I have the guts to call a spade a spade, even with guys I had gotten very friendly with, even as one guy in front of a hostile crowd.