Yes we do. Why do you ask
This industry is where it is today because regional companies have cut deals with national companies to snatch up all the decent paying work in your coverage area. They take most of the profit out of each work order and force contractors like you that are just trying to "feed your family" into accepting pay that may not even break even for some items.
It's time to tell these out of state regional companies to go home and force the national companies to deal directly with the contractors that have been completing their work all along!
The old "you have to cover a whole state or more before we will entertain working directly with you" no longer works either. With all the new requirements being forced on all of us, it is all but impossible to rely on subcontractors to cover a region. NATIONAL COMPANIES WILL DEAL WITH YOU DIRECTLY TO COVER YOUR HOME AREA.
Stop ennabling the out of state regional companies to provide the nationals with coverage in your area by either saying NO, or better yet:
Here is what I propose as a fix: Advise ALL regional companies that if they want to provide coverage in your coverage area, it will cost 100% of HUD rates with no discounts applied, plus travel charges for WO's outside of city limits
. Remember, THEY are the ones who have promised to cover your area, not you. And, they NEED you to do it. Force them to pay for it!
If you and your contemporaries do this it will take no more than a month and you will have national companies looking for direct coverage in your area, enough work and decent enough pay for you and the competition combined!
I know this for a fact, we are doing this right now in Montana, and it is working.