It’s a typical scenario for homeowners – they interview several contractors for a home project, they finally choose the contractor they want – but what do they tell the ones they didn’t choose?
For even the best contractors , getting turned down by a potential customer is a part of doing business. What’s more frustrating, contractors say, is not hearing back from potential customers after taking time to prepare a bid, or job estimate .
No one likes being rejected, but for even the best contractors, it’s a part of doing business and letting the contractor know they didn’t get the job is a great way to be a more courteous customer.
Not hearing back from a potential customer after a bid has been prepared is a common irritant for contractors. Proposals for complicated projects can take contractors several hours or longer to complete, with them meeting with the customer, drawing up plans, estimating costs of materials and labor and then preparing a formal bid.
Consumers who do take the time to let a bidding contractor know he or she didn’t get the job should also share the reason why, especially if it’s because of a service issue. That feedback can help a company work to improve its service. Feedback should be constructive and not personal. At a minimum, a good practice is to notify the contractor as soon as possible that you’ve chosen someone else and thank him or her for their time.
Angie’s List Tips: Rejecting a contractor’s bid
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