Anyone close a deal with a out of town home owner or was about to close one and their caretaker/handyman pours himself into it? I had this happen today. I have had it happen a few times. Sometimes the neighbor next door pours himself into the house I am working at. I dropped a condensing unit off at a home on Friday and went back for the install today. Called the home owner in Washington an he had just gotten back from Ireland.He lives in DC and this home here is a vacation home.
I was just a block or two from the house when I called. I needed to get in the house and his handyman had the key. Then he told me his guy had a guy over to look at the unit and gave him a price while he was in Ireland last week. The unit had a bad compressor which I knew about 2 weeks ago. The price the guy gave him was for a condensing unit only. Naturally I was twice as high because I strongly advised doing the air handler and he had already agreed to the deal which was on papper and in his hands in DC. When I got back to the house the top had all the screws out, capacitor was gone and the idiot had changed out the contactor. The old contactor is sitting on my new unit still in the box. I still have the guy in DC on the phone and I am getting pissed but don't let the guy know I am. Then I said..... look Larry, when I got here Friday all your plants were just about dead. I turned on the water and watered them all. The last time I was here I fixed a leak on the condensing unit and did not charge you. This handyman was here since I had been here Friday with this guy and he has been looking out after your house. Why don't you tell me how much you are paying him and just pay me because I will do it cheaper and make sure your plants stay alive and keep the jack legs away from your house. SILENCE. then he goes....Damn son, ya got me and you are right. The handy man delivered the key to me with out much to say ashort time later. I am in a area with a lot of out of town home owners. These guys are getting more common it seems.