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Services for Real Estate Pros with Ward County Notary Services

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.

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Comments (26)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Bob- well, what he lacks in business sense and listening skills, he might make up for with hard work and enthusiasm. 

May 18, 2022 05:17 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is what I am thinking as well Kathy Streib . He is very gung-ho and may do a very good job for me.

May 18, 2022 06:50 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Bob, for sharing this experience.

We had a bad recent bad experience with a landscaper that we  will never again use.

May 19, 2022 05:12 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I really want to help this fellow out Roy Kelley for the sake of his family BUT he sure is making it hard for me to work with him.

May 19, 2022 05:53 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Good help has always been hard to find but it seems like it is becoming even more difficult these days.

May 19, 2022 06:36 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

It is Brian England . My problem with this young man is he wants to do an agreement on the fly without thinking it out. I know this is going to lead to the final project costing much more than he first pictured it in his head. He just doesn't have the experience to get it right on the fly.

May 19, 2022 06:58 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Bob,  I know what you mean, sometime it is hard for them to understand what needs to be done.

 

May 19, 2022 07:48 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Bob... happy to report I've not encountered such problems... then again, before I hire anyone to do work for me I seriously put them through their paces. As my husband always says, "Picky" is my middle name.

May 19, 2022 09:37 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Communication is getting to be a lost art Will Hamm . I attribute this to the one sided conversations (blastings) on social media like FB and Twitter.

May 19, 2022 11:02 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Your husbands statement makes me even prouder that we are each others BARFF's Nina Hollander, Broker 💑 BTW I hope you don't mind if your middle name is "My Love" in my book. 😉

May 19, 2022 11:05 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sounds like he has quite a bit of learning to do in order to be successful. Learning how to listen to the potential client is one skill is key. Good luck.

May 19, 2022 08:11 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I  admire your patience in trying to work with this young man. Perhaps your insistence on him listening will help him build a good career.

May 19, 2022 09:08 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Bob you are kinder than me, if they push I push them out the door.... now with that said I am so grateful we got the right Contractors.... and they appreciate us as well... yesterday they asked if we could show a potential client what they did for us... painted the house and updated the bathroom.... when the potential client came over Diane & I chatted for over 40 minutes how great the contractors were.... needless to say she texted us that she is going with our Contractors and can not wait to show us the finished product:)Endre

May 19, 2022 10:55 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I have very little patience who don't listen to what I am asking them to do.

May 22, 2022 07:46 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

He does in deed Jeff Dowler, CRS . I discovered he must have a lot of pressure on him at home as his wife made him get a real job so all the negotiating between us was for naught.

May 22, 2022 03:14 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I was really hoping so Marte Cliff and I really wanted to mentor him but he or his wife gave up on the business before he got a chance to get it going.

May 22, 2022 03:15 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Great story Endre Barath, Jr. and how cool is that that you let her into your home to inspect the work.

It ends up I had more patience in this young man than his wife did... she made him get a real job. 😒

May 22, 2022 03:17 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

This guys thoughts were really scattered Chris Ann Cleland even though he kept a pencil and pad with him. He even had me write down , sketch, a design and he still got it way wrong.

May 22, 2022 03:19 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

That's a difficult conversation when the other party isn't listening!  I so understand.  Hope it all comes together for you very soon! 

May 24, 2022 02:51 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Actually pretty much the opposite happened Jan Green , it all fell apart but someone else entered the picture and then it all came together. 😃

May 24, 2022 05:36 PM