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Question DetailsAsked on 11/21/2013

What is everyone's opinion of a contractor who is selective about who they will work for?

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I am not sure of what they are being selective about. I get along with just about every customer type but once in awhile you may get a bad feeling about a match. You may have come off as too hard to please or you may be pushing for the contractor to do something he feels will not be something he can stand behind. I have walked away from a few of those thinking it was best for both. I generally tell a little fib that I just got a job I had quoted on before them and will be tied up for some time. Remodeling your home is almost like a short term marriage since they will be arround your house for so much time and if the chemistry is bad neither one of you will be happy. You might be better off looking for someone you can work with.


Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon


If they have declined in a respectful, non-accusatory manner, they're experienced and professional.

They may feel that the resources at their disposal will not meet your requirements.

As Don mentioned there is some reason they feel the dynamic will not work, and in realizing this they decline the project in order to ultimately benefit both parties.

This is not to say anything that detracts from either party - sometimes you have to know when to walk away as a preventative measure.

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Answered 6 years ago by TonyCundiff


I agree with the 2 answers given. Only a desperate contractor would work for anyone without consideration of the relationship dynamics. This is not much of a concern for someone working at your house for a day or two, but when you have to work together for many weeks or months, the realtoonship can get strained if both parties are not living up to the expectations set.

So what do I think of a contractor who is selective about the people they work for? I have one word..."Wise". Wise people are full of wisdom clearly. And therefore make good decisions. Just because the contractor can do the job, doesn't mean he has to, or wants to do that for you. Meeting new customers is like going out on a date. At the end of the date you have to decide wether or not you want to see them again.

i have always advised clients or friends to first look for someone who is capable of doing the job, and their personality and make their decision based on those two things. Price should be the last thing and have very little weight. Many customers I have met have told stories about how the price of a cheap contractor lured them in and had bad results. They learned their lesson and joined Angie's List.

Answered 6 years ago by CraftsmanConnection


Could be they are tired of pushy and demanding and prima donna customers, could be they are popular enough they have too much work as it is, could be they will be hard to work with because they are resistant to meeting the customer's wishes, might be tired of long ddrives to job sites outside his immediate area, etc, etc.

You should be able to tell a lot from their reviews on sites like Angie's List.

Generally, I would rather have a selective one than one who is so desperate for work he will work for anyone. I know my subcontractor father, after he had been established for 20 years or so, generally only worked for a very few architects and general contractors, plus repeat customers for remodels and such and the occasional personal friend needing work done, and he took almost no new work from strangers - and still had more work than his small company could handle. He had no desire to grow the company larger, so he was highly selective.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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