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Old 06-11-2005, 08:56 AM   #16
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I agree the buisness cards is the best. Word of mouth is a contractors best advertisement.
A free meal is nice , But , don't promise this upfront. Tradesmen have heard this promise many many times and most homeowners forget it in the end.

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Old 06-28-2005, 04:32 AM   #17
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I have received tips over the years. They have ranged from $200 to $750 (depending on the total cost of the job.)

I too, prefer references from customers, but a tip once-in-a-while is a nice gesture. Generally, I leave business cards with the customers and they tell me that they will gladly hand them out.

The one thing that I do know for sure is, a customer that gives a tip, is one that is extremely happy with the job you did and will give you a glowing reference on top of the tip.
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Old 06-28-2005, 11:41 PM   #18
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I realise that this is a DIY site. As a pro, I do not accept tips. They are rarely offered anyway.
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Old 07-03-2005, 09:00 AM   #19
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I realise that this is a DIY site. As a pro, I do not accept tips. They are rarely offered anyway.

The part about rarely offered I'd agree with, but if it's offered, I'll certainly take it & then I divide it among the guys that worked the job.
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Thanks for all of the feedback guyz.
....... I will definitly refer them to anyone who asks as I am pleased with the outcome of the job. There were little hiccups along the way, but I'm sure that a job of this size, that's unavoidable.
No offense to the pro's here, but if all you had was "little hiccups," you definitely came out way ahead of the game!
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Old 08-08-2005, 02:07 PM   #21
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In some situations, I find that an offering of a styrofoam cooler filled with ice and beer *after* the job has been completed has been a welcome gesture. I've done it for warranty work around my house. Mostly, though, I bring it to my mechanics when I have major work on my car. Been going there for years. I attribute their fortune to my late brother who used to work at a Firesto## in the area "I can't do it, but Gary will. Be sure to bring a 12pack, we enjoy a cold one while cleaning up in the evening." Of course, that directly rewards the workers, not the boss. I can assure you that I don't forget good work and will let people know your company did a great job. :D

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