just had a general question to all the contractors out there.
This year has been great for contractors in the northeast, specifically the boston area. i was wondering how busy all of you are in different parts of the country. do you have work booked up for months? are you working on a job to job basis? any trends you're noticing from customers? any trends you're noticing from suppliers?
i have no major complaints, business is great, really great. one of my issues is hiring competent help, i seem to be going through about 5 guys to find 1 decent one. customers seem to be willing to wait a few months to have their remodeling/addition job done when a year or two ago they wanted things done immediately.
in these parts, many of the smaller contractors have gone out of business over the past 2-3 years which might be a reason for things picking up so much around here. as of right now i've been going about 2 years strictly on referrals with no other means of advertising which has given me a much better quality of customer. i'm not finding people nickel and dime-ing me to death like they did a year or two ago. it makes me wonder if so many of these DIY shows, real estate shows, holmes on holmes, etc are giving people the smarts to do jobs right the first time and expect a better quality of work.
enough said i guess, just wanted to get that out there and see how everyone's business is going....the good and the bad.