We need major yard work, so estimates ensued.
Estimate #1 gave a heads up by first apologizing if I had voted for Obama and then continuing to rant about the economy, having no work, and his impending foreclosure problems. If I hadn’t interrupted him with a question pertinent to the job at hand, I’m sure the next thing out of his mouth would’ve been a growling, “…and get off my lawn.” Since he was the only contractor I’d spoken to who complained of no jobs on the horizon—at all—it occurred to me that maybe that was partially due to himself and not entirely the economy. Or maybe he just didn’t have the professionalism thing down. Anyway, Estimate #1, you may want to leave that sorta talk out of your next pitch.
I thought I’d found our guy in Estimate #3—he not only had the biggest machinery (which would ensure a more thorough cleanup), but also a seemingly aesthetic sense of dealing with the tangled mess surrounding him. “I can make this look really nice back here,” he said, and on that note, I was sold…or so I thought. While traipsing through the overgrowth, he offered another piece of information (with accompanying chuckle) that I’m sure he deemed helpful: "…and my guys speak English…" Apparently a telepath…how else would he have known that I wasn’t bi-lingual? Anyway, I’m not so sure that it’s a good idea for contractors to use that line as a selling point, and especially if the client doesn’t ask.
Self righteous and judgmental? Guilty.
Estimate #2, when can you start?