I believe it was just a few months ago I told you when it comes to hiring contractors that I finally had learned a lesson after a few disasters.
I have not.
I have always been one to root for the underdog or the new guy trying to get a start in his/her business. This attitude has been 50/50 as far as success and disaster. It was very good for me as a Real Estate professional trying to add general contractors to my list of clients. The last decade of my RE career I represented only developers, builders, and contractors... it was a good life.
As far as hiring a new contractor for personal use at my home the needle would tilt towards the disaster end of the scale (towards it but not in it).
Late last week a young man (approximately 30 years old) stopped in with a homemade flyer advertising his new lawn-care service asking if I'd tape it up in my window. I said NO. However I wanted him to look at a project at my home.
Long story short: this guy had a ton of enthusiasm but little common sense and absolutely no business sense at all.
Because he wanted to (insisted on) write an estimate NOW and on the spot he was more focused on what he wanted to write then what I was telling him. We are still in the "get the estimate right" stage and I have had to have him come back several times now because it was/is obvious he did not comprehend what the project is. I have not given up on him yet but until I am sure he knows what I expect and WE HAVE IT IN WRITING he will not be my contractor.