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Hey everyone,
Well I am back at it again I did preservation a few years back with some success until things changed and I couldn't keep up. I learned everything not to do and also learned about some nationals that were complete trash to work for. I also learned to never work for anyone posting on craigslist and also what prices to say helllll no to. My question is what do I need to do to get passed the national companies and work direct? or is that not possible? Also what nationals are reliable these days it seems some that I worked for in the past have taken a turn I know that getting my contractor license seems like a good idea. Anyway any help would be greatly appreciated thank you in advance.
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My question is what do I need to do to get passed the national companies and work direct? or is that not possible?
"How I got out of P&P"- good sticky.

Answer another questions- what sort of contractor are you?
Are you skilled and reputable enough to do work for locals in your area?
If so , then it requires the same drive and determination that a plumber, mason or any other contractor uses to get ahead.

A semi family member from Florida had told me at the start of this month they had a National call on them to do a 6K job. They were desperate to get someone to handle it. They however, were only wanting to pay $3200, which is what a previous contractor bid to do it. Supposedly in a corner, they agreed to pay the 6K (a more than fair price) if the work could be completed in 10 days. My buddy says his contracts require 25% down. The national came back with an offer to pay within 5 days of completion rather than the normal 30 days if they do it no $ down. As a contractor who only deals with local customers, he laughed as his terms are payment upon completion. He hadn't called me about this yet. He agreed and knocked the job out. The broker came by and took pics. Day 6 and there is no check in the mailbox. Day 7 and the call screener won't connect him with a live person, without a Vendor ID, a work order or loan number. He tracked down the broker and threatened a lien and an azzbeating. The broker gets somebody at the headquarters to authorize a payment via Fedex that after 3 days still hadn't arrived. Couldn't supply a tracking number, different person/department each time, etc.
This guy has called me before asking me about nationals. He owns a successful roofing company and a consulting firm. He thought it would be a job to keep a crew busy after Christmas. He asked me to withhold anymore specifics until he gets his check.
How many times do you think this happens across the country-every day?
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good sticky.

Answer another questions- what sort of contractor are you?
Are you skilled and reputable enough to do work for locals in your area?
If so , then it requires the same drive and determination that a plumber, mason or any other contractor uses to get ahead.

A semi family member from Florida had told me at the start of this month they had a National call on them to do a 6K job. They were desperate to get someone to handle it. They however, were only wanting to pay $3200, which is what a previous contractor bid to do it. Supposedly in a corner, they agreed to pay the 6K (a more than fair price) if the work could be completed in 10 days. My buddy says his contracts require 25% down. The national came back with an offer to pay within 5 days of completion rather than the normal 30 days if they do it no $ down. As a contractor who only deals with local customers, he laughed as his terms are payment upon completion. He hadn't called me about this yet. He agreed and knocked the job out. The broker came by and took pics. Day 6 and there is no check in the mailbox. Day 7 and the call screener won't connect him with a live person, without a Vendor ID, a work order or loan number. He tracked down the broker and threatened a lien and an azzbeating. The broker gets somebody at the headquarters to authorize a payment via Fedex that after 3 days still hadn't arrived. Couldn't supply a tracking number, different person/department each time, etc.
This guy has called me before asking me about nationals. He owns a successful roofing company and a consulting firm. He thought it would be a job to keep a crew busy after Christmas. He asked me to withhold anymore specifics until he gets his check.
How many times do you think this happens across the country-every day?
like GTX said, " how i got out of p&p " is a great read and VERRY realistic, I have got my mold certificate and completed my first 2 mold jobs this week and I see a light at the end of the p&p tunnel most people on this site are trying to get out of p&p not dive into it, but to answer some of the OP'S questions YES the contractors license will be a great idea because a lot of the stuff your asked to do will require it ( atleast for me in wa state ) and will take that liability off of you (there is enough liability in this industry, anything you can do to lessen that is a good idea) as far as skipping the nats I have not been able to due to the VERRY high demand of coverage area they require the closest I came to getting on direct with a bank they wanted me to cover the whole state of wasington and that just is not happening, however we have done very well with finding and working with local realtors ......anyway hope this helped some. good luck, keep us posted
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I appreciate it guys so I have read the "how I got out" thread, but my question with that is what is the actual cost to get the license and what is the cost for equipment? What would a total realistic cost be to get into the mold business? I will keep you guys posted as to how it goes for me I have contacted some property management companies as well as some realtors also to get some work we will see what happens.
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