I've notice a strange phenomenon over the past couple months. I've had a series of cleaning, lawn-care, and handyman disappointments this year. So, I've decided to take the bull by the horns and do something about it. Our real estate company is branching out into other real estate related fields.
I decided to start with the cleaning company. We began advertising in January and immediately received 11 applications for 3 jobs. A few weeks later, we contacted all applicants to set up interviews and only four responded. Those four set up interviews and only one showed up.
Beyond that, we're seeing a similar responses on our rentals. We have multiple rentals ready for new tenants. A lot of people have reached out to gather information and a large number have set up showings. On the first round of showings, three candidates were set up back to back. Candidate number one was a no show. Candidate number two was a show but not qualified. Candidate number three was a no show. That has been a consistent pattern with both rentals.
About 66% of scheduled candidates don't show. It's frustrating, but at least they showed right up front that they are not dependable and I take them off our list and refuse to work with them. A simple phone call would have made all the difference.
I'm pretty unforgiving with clients, potential employees and vendors don't honor their commitments. If they call and explain that they are running behind or can't make the appointment, it's a clean slate and we can reschedule. If they waste my time, that's all they get. Is this a local phenomenon, or is it nationwide?