Getting the right professional may mean changing the way we approach hiring a professional. Spring is a season of change for many reasons. It not only is the sign of new life springing from the ground, it is a sign of work for crews and businesses hibernating for the winter. Home shows are starting to populate the calendars and maps across the nation. Many contractors and work crews will be looking to start into the new business season in full swing. When the schedule calendars are empty, contractors look for any chance to just break even after months of measured losses. This is a great time for homeowners to catch a break on costly home repairs, however caution must be encouraged.
The initial thought is to jump in the car and head to the county fair or regional home show to due battle with the contracting estimators. People are out shopping for the lowest priced professional to repair their home from the winter storms. We covered in our last blog the dangers of hiring a professional without considering their reputation. Now we want to talk about “bundling” professional services.
When we are at home shows, we get to speak to a lot of homeowners facing several home projects at one time. In our conversation with such a person, we soon hear the familiar course of action – they are having their roofer or landscaper handle the job. Without ever considering the method for accomplishing the job, a homeowner is persuaded by the bundled savings. We happen to know a thing or two about “bundled” labor.
Most roofers or landscapers who offer multiple services will sub-contract the work to another professional. This causes a loss in profit margins for the sub-contracted professional. Even if the gutter installers are reputable and the job went according to plan, there is still a chance of existing problems. The battle to fix the problems now belongs to the homeowner. In cases where we installed as sub-contracted labor, we quickly realized the impact of the high costs for doing sub-contracted labor. Not only did we lose the profit margin when responding to fixing mistakes, we lost the ability to control our public image. We were not the ones landing the jobs and representing what we stood for in the industry.
A professional outfit may even do the job themselves. Some professional roofing companies will mostly handle roofs but also offer gutter work as an add-on service. Roofing and gutter work are two very different jobs of which one takes a few hours and the other a full day. It may be weeks before a roofing company can address any gutter-related problems with the gutter installation. They may not even care at all if it isn’t there bread-and-butter operation. For us, it is our bread-and-butter.
When it comes to the Brothers that just do Gutters, all we do is gutters. We have been installing, repairing, cleaning and servicing gutters for the past 13 years. Our reputation is built on making our impression through our interaction with the customer. Doing the job right means representing our company through our work, which is why we don’t subcontract work either. We always refer professionals so they can represent themselves as well.
Finding a professional at a home show or fair is a good place to start. Just make sure they can do the job ascribed to them. We are present at many home shows around Dutchess and Westchester counties. Find us and we can tell you more about who we are. Find out more about the Brothers that just do Gutters by visiting our website and call us at 845-223-6111 for a free estimate.