New housing is almost dead here in SE MN (like elsewhere). I know dozens of builders and a couple of developers, but only two builders I know are booked into ’09 and a couple still have steady work.
Anyway, I still have my typical 2-3 month backlog and keep getting calls, so I’m thinking I’m gonna survive the slowdown just fine…but who knows. Another carpenter I know with about the same skill set I have just folded and took a second shift manufacturing job (composites).
Then, yesterday one of the two busy builders calls me and asks if he can buy me lunch. He wants me to do all of his trim (he had been doing it “in house.” so to speak <g>).
I’ve done several jobs for this guy before, but only challenging stuff he did not want to deal with. Now he wants me to do all the trim so he can focus on more of the business side.
Whooo Hooo! Now I know I’m booked into ’09 Too early to count chickens, but it looks like it will be a great year. I have been worried…now I’m feelin’ releaved.
It has been a rough year. MIL moved in for cancer recovery and she is a rather negative, hard to get along with person (she got my office too, as her room). It drives me nuts, but it is the right thing to do. We also got hit by a devastating flood in Aug. ’07 and are still recovering from that.
My bit of good news, workwise, has put a spring in my step.