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Searching for a Contractor in All the Wrong Places

Searching for a Contractor in All the Wrong Places

Plenty of experts predict the Angie’s List business model — relying on consumers to pay for information they could get for free — is not sustainable. But Angie’s probably has a way to go before it runs out of steam. Yet even free review sites may face difficulties.

Why? As many as one-third of all online reviews are fake. At some point, consumers may decide they just don’t believe or trust what’s written. A new type of review site may change that.

The overwhelming majority of people believe word-of-mouth reviews, so why bother with online reviews which could be phony or come from a stranger when you can get a review on a contractor from a friend?

Linking through your social media spaces, review site newbies Porch and YouNeedMyGuy help consumers find building contractors their personal contacts have used.

Porch is currently now only in Seattle, with a national rollout scheduled for midsummer — focuses on home services professionals, like pole building erectors. The service is free for consumers, who can browse project images, search for pros, and also make use of an educational component to help them make informed decisions.

Professionals can create a “Free” profile or opt for a “Partner” profile, which typically receives four times as many leads. They then pay a finder’s fee when they get new business from Porch (the fee is about 5% but depends on profession and project size). Porch has no contracts or annual or monthly fees.

microphoneOn YouNeedMyGuy, a consumer creates a profile which links to a social media platform of his choosing. Looking for a pole builder? Several names appear along with details about who reviewed the company. The more people the consumer knows who reviewed the business, the higher ranked the business will be. Since the system is based on personal connections, even small companies have the chance to rank first. A business cannot buy a top spot.

For pole building contractors, these kinds of sites help enhance, not control, the online review process — and their use may be news worth spreading from friend to friend.

Pole Building Plans: Following Directions

When All Else Fails

Read the directions.

The Hansen Pole Buildings Productions office had a builder contact them a few months ago, because the endwall steel on the pole building kit package they were constructing was “eight inches too short”.

Now the builder DID admit to having framed the building three inches taller then he should have. His reasoning – to compensate for the building having end overhangs. Obviously, this made much more sense to him, than to have followed the building plans and instructions.

Eave HeightThe gal in our office who orders all of our materials astutely asked him to measure the height of the building, from the bottom of the pressure treated splash plank (aka. skirt board), to the top of the eave girt. Of course she knew the answer was supposed to be 14 feet, so she wasn’t overly surprised when the builder told her it was 14’9”!!

Just in case anyone is wondering, every Hansen Pole Building comes with two sets of multiple page 24 inch by 36 inch blueprints, specific to the building being constructed. On at least three pages of the building plans, in seven different places is stated, “Eave height = bottom of skirt board to intersection of roof steel and outside edge of sidewall columns”.

Even if the building plans were somehow hidden under the back seat of the crew cab, the correct measure of eave height is also stated repeatedly in the Construction Guide provided with the purchase of every post frame building kit. There are diagrams with clear marking of dimensions, along with written encouragement for anyone not understanding eave height, to “call us”.

Historically, clients who construct their own buildings rarely make this error – they read the provided documents. Considering hiring a builder? If so, find one who will read and pay attention to the plans and instructions. There are some great ones out there. We have many contractors who purchase pole building kits from us, providing “turn-key” buildings for their clients, and do a wonderful job.  They study the building plans and ask questions before they even move a handful of dirt.  Most of all, hire one who is not afraid to ask questions and clarify things if he’s not familiar with constructing a building kit from the chosen vendor. Just like any other do-it-yourself project kit from Sauder to Ikea, they are not “all the same”.

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