My husband and I have to have some electrical work done on our home. Not a huge job, but sizeable. Big enough that we’ve put it off for five years and realize our circuit breakers ain’t gettin’ any younger.
May I say here that having work done on my home is one of my least favorite things to do as a homeowner? Mainly because most companies just don’t provide the level of organization and service that I expect. And then I end up being the “foreman” on the job and have to chase the contractor to make sure every small thing gets done properly and on time. Like I don’t have enough to do already, right?
I have found some great companies over time (and I Yelp the heck out of them when I do!) , but I’m constantly surprised by how frustrating it can be to go through the home improvement or repair process.
Well, not all home repair companies are organized, but I sure am, so, in my normal Penelope style, I created what I’m calling a “Bid Sheet” for my job. This is a short document that lists all the items we want to have done as a part of this job, along with our contact info and a couple other salient points.
This bid sheet enables me to go over the list with the electrician while he’s here doing a walk through of the job and then jogs his memory when he’s back at his office actually writing up the proposal. It also helps me get detailed estimates from each potential company, and that means we can compare apples to apples when making our final choice as to whom we should award the job.
I was delighted when I greeted one of the electricians and handed him the bid sheet and he looked at it, then looked at me and said really sincerely, “Thank you so much for this. No one ever does this and it’s incredibly helpful.”
Well, he’s obviously never met a Penelope before.
Just for giggles, I’m attaching a sample of the bid sheet I used, in case you might find it helpful, either now, or in the future.