But Since This is Impossible, I Recommend Getting the Help of a Professional
You’ve probably met people that think they know everything about everything. And there is no convincing them otherwise.
There certainly are people who know more than I do, but it’s not about knowing everything or who knows the most.
It’s about knowing what you know and using that knowledge to help others.
Last week I wrote about construction questions and answers. I used a window project as an example. You might remember that the customer had received a quote for more than $36,000 to replace thirteen windows.
After I looked at the project it was clear that only one needed replaced. I told you that I would let you know what I came up with. I gave them a proposal to replace one window and repair some of the wood finish on the rest.
My price for this was $4,771.71. That’s 86% less than the original price.
It’s less about the price and more about the work that “actually” needed to be done.
The real issue with this project like many others is in finding what the customer needs and not trying to sell them as much as you can. The focus on selling rather than service is prevalent.
This level of service requires asking questions and listening to the answers. Finding out what it is that the customer wants and needs.
This is what professionals do. Professionals help you find the solution to YOUR problem, not give you a one size fits all answer.
Because we don’t know everything about everything, means we need to find someone that knows something about something.
I’m sure I could find information about how to do brain surgery online…but if I needed brain surgery…I would find someone that has experience and specializes in that. I haven’t seen any DIY brain surgery shows yet.
Granted, if you have a construction project go bad it’s not the same as brain surgery.
My point is this. When doing a construction project, you may not even know what you don’t know. This is where the guidance of a professional comes in. This is not to say that every building contractor is a competent, skilled professional.
I’ve heard too many people complain about their bad construction experience. Every time it came down to them making decisions without due diligence.
Almost always it comes down to being sold rather than serviced.
To minimize the bad construction experience you need to be clear on what’s most important. Is it price or quality? Is it having it done fast or waiting for the skilled professional?
Most of our construction projects come from references and recommendations. The ones that don’t start with building a relationship, not selling.
If you or someone you know is considering a construction project, I would recommend spending the time and energy in finding the right professional and asking the right questions.