Today Day 24 and we’re going to talk about a technique we’ve used to build a very good list of contractors in a short amount of time. Over the past year, we’ve had a lot of difficulty finding good contractors. The process is very slow, but once you find a good contractor you want to hold on to them and keep them very busy. We’ve been able to do that with our contractors, but inevitably there are times when we’ve needed additional help because our go to guys were busy on other jobs.
So, I’ve decided to put together a system for streamlining the process of finding contractors. So far it has worked very well. Here’s what we did…
Step 1 – Create a Simple Website
The first thing we did was to set up a simple website www.MichiganTurnkeyContractors.com. We’ve placed a video on the site explaining what we’re looking for along with a simple questionnaire for contractors to fill out.
Step 2 – Create a Craigslist Ad
The next step was to market this website. So, we put out a simple Craigslist ad that looked like the following:
We Need Residential Contractors!
We will be rehabbing a number of homes in Pontiac & Detroit and we need contractors for all types of work. Please go to http://www.MichiganTurnkeyContractors.com for more details. Thank you!!!
Step 3 – Watch The Leads Roll In
We were amazed at how quickly our list was able to grow from this one piece of marketing. Literally in the first day, we had 18 new contractors signed up – painters, electricians, plumbers, you name it. Since then the list has grown to well over 100 contractors.
Step 4 – Schedule Quotes
The next step in the process is to schedule quotes with each of the contractors on the list. We haven’t completed this step just yet, but on our next rehab project we plan to set up an open house of sorts for contractors. We’re going to spend a day out at the house and schedule the contractors in 15 minute intervals. During this initial meet and greet, we’ll be having them quote the work on the house, and we’ll be evaluating them on the a number of items:
- Did they show up on time?
- How do they present themselves?
- Are they professional?
- Are they organized?
- What is their experience level?
- Do they have references?
- Are they licensed?
- Are they insured?
When we receive their quotation, we will evaluate the competitiveness of the quote along with how they have organized the quote. All of these things will be indicators for us on how good of a business the particular contractor runs.
Based upon our experience with contractors over the last year I’m expecting quite a few of them to receive below average grading, but I’m sure we will find a few diamonds in the rough through this process…and we’re going to keep those guys for sure!
More to come…