Well, we are really feeling the slowdown here in Florida. Phone just isn’t ringing and even have lost two jobs from previous customers as now EVERYONE is doing the smaller jobs we do! The big guys will do them just to keep their guys busy when before they wouldn’t have even called these customers back. Had an estimate to build a porch for some folks and some big company came in and beat us by 5% so the customer went with them. Kind of nasty for them (the homeowner) to do as we had done alot of work for them in the past but money is money I suppose. Part that bothers me is they didn’t even call to tell me or give me the chance to lower the cost. They just jumped on the new figure. Guy called me AFTER he signed the contract with the other company as more or less an “in your face” sort of thing.
We used to not do any job under $1k but now will do anything just for cash flow.
I imagine if it stays like this through the summer we will be another casualty of the economy. We’re burning through money on advertising, exposure, etc but no one seems to be spending anything on construction here.
Might be time to close up shop and go out and look for a job….Maybe its time to leave the industry altogether?
Anyone else feeling it or is it just me?