Join Date: Apr 2012
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We did a board up on a multiunit unit building this week. This was thru the broker. Billed $60 per door plus the plywood. Safeguard crew (two in a Ford Windstar with a pushmower and a blower) blocked us in and started their grass cut. My memory of their pricing with that lot was it paid around $26.25 for what they were doing. They asked the usual questions, "Why were we there? Who did we work for?" etc. I asked them what they did when they had larger yards to mow. One looked at me like I was dumb and told me they put another mower in the back.
As soon as they are gone, the Safeguard inspector shows up. No I was not removing all of the door boards so he could gain access. So he stands outside, taking his exterior pics using the SG cellphone app. 20 minutes and $8 later, he is done.
For those of you who use(d) mini vans for PP work, I'm not bashing you. I've seen very nice setups on this board. Both Safeguard visits were from people I would not feel comfortable or trust working with. The back of the inspector's truck looked like it was loaded with resale items or personals from his previous vacant inspections that day. The mow crew wore cut offs and shower shoes (yes, they had green feet) with no shirts and were photo ready to hold up booking boards for processing.
Complaining about the state of the preservation industry is like going into a biker bar looking for a wife, and getting upset that all you keep bringing home to mother are 50 year old yellow haired walkers with jailhouse tats.
This is the industry. It isn't going to change, you have to.
Nationals know who they are hiring. They only act surprised to the media.