Storm Group Blog
Check back often to find valuable insights on construction topics, tips to help protect storm damage, and other interesting news from our Minneapolis roofing company.
Many people say "contractors" are often dishonest, corrupt and cannot be trusted.
Today, as a roofing contractor in Minnesota, I wanted to share how it is from "the other side."
I think contractors as small business owners are much more vulnerable and more often become "victims" than most people think. The perception is that we can take money and run away, over-bill someone, cut corners and not to do quality work.
But here are 7 things many people do not talk about:
1. Just like in any other business, we deal with theft on regular basis. Our tools, equipment, money, and intellectual property gets stolen all the time and rarely we can go after it. We have over 10 counts of theft in our business over 5 years, costing us close to $100,000k. That's 2 incidents per year, $20,000 in yearly losses!
2. People and especially big insurance companies don't pay us way more often than contractors over-bill their customers.
3. People threaten us all the time to damage our reputation. It's pure terrorism. "If you don't do this, I will write negative review everywhere". (They usually do anyway).
4. Government is not easy on roofers or siding contractors. Work comp audits, following codes, closing permits, employees-versus-subcontractors battles... You deal with people who rarely have field experience, but they tell you what to do and how to run your business and then charge you money for it.
5. Bigger doesn't mean better. We get screwed the most on big jobs especially if bigger contractors are acting as middle men. Profit margins go down, risk goes up. As a Minneapolis roofing company, I know many who went out of business after 1-2 years working on multi-million dollar deals.
6. We create jobs but it seems like no one wants to work anymore. This one is big. Contractors are forced to pay decent wages because of demand, but every year it's becoming harder and harder to find any help. How many people do you know that are looking to become a roofer or siding installer? Exactly.
7. Manufacturers, cities, insurance companies (insurance companies are big buyer of our services), and rich home owners are all turning to their attorneys immediately to drag payment, or not pay at all. I recently had a Church who refused to pay more than a reasonable bill (update will follow) and put me in contact with their lawyers, because they know we rarely want to go through that process. A Church!
Next time you think your contractor is bad, think what he is dealing with on the another side.
Thanks for reading!
Storm Group Roofing is a highly responsive Minneapolis roofing and general contractor that is dedicated to helping property owners throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the entire Twin Cities Metro area find the exterior solutions that they are looking for.
7308 Aspen Lane, Suite 118,
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428