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Recently we have had a couple of situations where we bid ro repair double pane windows which subsequently got slashed. when we call that we cannot do it for that price the client (safeguard) tells us to just put in a single pane. When we ask to get written approval, the person on the phone gets impatient and says "just do it" or we will re-assign the work (and other work). I am afraid that if we put in a single pane it will come back to bite us as we bid a double pane and a singlepane is not what the investor wants. Does anyone else have these issues?
 

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Yes! IMHO this one is an easy fix ;) Here's how I deal with this particular Safeguard kink ....

1)Accept that they are not going to approve or pay us to do work like installing new double paned glass, and bid for what Safeguard is asking us to do. Give yourself some peace of mind by stating the scope of work in your bid; "reglaze 1 broken window 32x29" using single paned glass" or "install 1 new sheet of single paned glass 32x29" etc.

2)Bid over the allowable or price list amount, state that on your bid and also state why you feel it is justified. You can do this for ALL Safeguard bids but here I'll just stick to window reglazing.

"Reglaze 1 broken window 32x29" using single pane glass. Unable to complete per allowable due to increased cost of materials needed."

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"Reglaze 1 broken window 32x29" installing new single paned glass. Unable to complete per price list due to increased cost of materials needed. Special order glass is required due to size, this has increased the bid amount needed."


Like I said use this for any Safeguard bids you want. Bid over the allowable price and state that you can not complete per allowable and why. Need a chainsaw? Requires commercial equipment? Going to use a bush hog? Extra labor needed to move from rear fenced yard? Glass shop required due to size? Say so! If you give this statement on your bids you'll see alot less of those "your bid has been reduced" notices.
 

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Yes! IMHO this one is an easy fix ;) Here's how I deal with this particular Safeguard kink ....

1)Accept that they are not going to approve or pay us to do work like installing new double paned glass, and bid for what Safeguard is asking us to do. Give yourself some peace of mind by stating the scope of work in your bid; "reglaze 1 broken window 32x29" using single paned glass" or "install 1 new sheet of single paned glass 32x29" etc.

2)Bid over the allowable or price list amount, state that on your bid and also state why you feel it is justified. You can do this for ALL Safeguard bids but here I'll just stick to window reglazing.

"Reglaze 1 broken window 32x29" using single pane glass. Unable to complete per allowable due to increased cost of materials needed."

or

"Reglaze 1 broken window 32x29" installing new single paned glass. Unable to complete per price list due to increased cost of materials needed. Special order glass is required due to size, this has increased the bid amount needed."


Like I said use this for any Safeguard bids you want. Bid over the allowable price and state that you can not complete per allowable and why. Need a chainsaw? Requires commercial equipment? Going to use a bush hog? Extra labor needed to move from rear fenced yard? Glass shop required due to size? Say so! If you give this statement on your bids you'll see alot less of those "your bid has been reduced" notices.

Thanks for the reply. And we will be more carefull with our bids. We usually do state the reason why we'd bid over the allowable. In this case we didn't simply because we have always bid to reglaze double pane windows with the same. What we really don't appreciate is Safeguard refusing to give us a written bid approval for using single pane windows, instead the just took our bid for dual pane windows and reduced it with a verbal "use single pane". I can almost guarantee that later on Safeguard will then charge us back te price of dual pane windows plus our pay for installing the single pane windows. We have worked too many years to know full well how some of these clients (especially safeguard) work. We have worked for Safeguard for about two years now but recently they have become far worse about these kind of things.
 

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Stay in touch with the listing agent so they know who is responsible when work is completed below what the standards should be.
Thanks for the reply, I can see how this could help but how much influence does the listing agent really have?
 

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Thanks for the reply. And we will be more carefull with our bids. We usually do state the reason why we'd bid over the allowable. In this case we didn't simply because we have always bid to reglaze double pane windows with the same. What we really don't appreciate is Safeguard refusing to give us a written bid approval for using single pane windows, instead the just took our bid for dual pane windows and reduced it with a verbal "use single pane". I can almost guarantee that later on Safeguard will then charge us back te price of dual pane windows plus our pay for installing the single pane windows. We have worked too many years to know full well how some of these clients (especially safeguard) work. We have worked for Safeguard for about two years now but recently they have become far worse about these kind of things.
If you bid it on your letterhead and they changed it from dual pane to single pane and changed the amount, that's fraud. No way in hell I'm completing something I didn't bid for an amount thats not mine. They can ask me to, and I may, but they can not require it.
 

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Recently we have had a couple of situations where we bid ro repair double pane windows which subsequently got slashed. when we call that we cannot do it for that price the client (safeguard) tells us to just put in a single pane. When we ask to get written approval, the person on the phone gets impatient and says "just do it" or we will re-assign the work (and other work). I am afraid that if we put in a single pane it will come back to bite us as we bid a double pane and a singlepane is not what the investor wants. Does anyone else have these issues?
I don't respond at all to threats. Nobody, except my wife, gets away with telling to "just do it". The "other" work they're threatening to take away just isn't worth the PITA factor based on what most of these Nats and Regionals want to pay for anyway.

The first time this ever happened to me would be the last. I'd either not work for them or download the conversation recording app and start every conversation with "This call is being recorded for quality control purposes". My attorney can then be "quality control".
 

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I agree, the person who refused to send you a poc was rude and out of line. Seems like about 1/2 the staff at Safeguard has this attitude and want to do nothing to help you. When that happens I literally hang up, and call back! You're likely to get a different rep. who will be willing to help you and has the integrity to back up their statements with a poc.
 

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How exactly do you secure a single pane piece of glass into a frame that is made for a double/thermopane? I have had this happen before and stated I could not do it and they have found someone else to do it.
 

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How exactly do you secure a single pane piece of glass into a frame that is made for a double/thermopane? I have had this happen before and stated I could not do it and they have found someone else to do it.
Great question. :thumbsup: I was wondering the same thing myself
 

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The listing agent has enough pull that if they don't like you or your work, they can get Safeguard to assign every work order in your area to another contractor. Staying on their good side can also mean you'll get their other work as well as referrals.
 

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This is the cheapest way to secure the hole...I FRIGGIN" hate it...as my backgorund...glazier since 18....

Here is what we do though...use the double sided stick taoe and tape the glass to the frame. Then I write on it who authorized the improper repair work....on the glass....

But this way the tape and glass can be removed by the new glazier when the new buyers have it repaired....
 

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This would be on REO work, which would only be boarded. Most likely since he's having to reglaze, this is P&P work which there will be no agent involved.

We just went to a reconveyance today, and one of the windows that was boarded last year when we were there, had clear plastic stretched over the empty window and nailed around the frame. I am assuming they did this so it looked like they reglazed. Not sure the reasoning for the reconveyance, but this is one issue we reported.

The listing agent has enough pull that if they don't like you or your work, they can get Safeguard to assign every work order in your area to another contractor. Staying on their good side can also mean you'll get their other work as well as referrals.
 

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I was at a PP yesterday and had to call in on a broken window SG rep asked if i could just cover it with plastic to keep the weather out. I asked how much and he said free. I said there is no such thing and hung up
 

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Safeguard requires plastic to be put on all broken window openings if the window can not be reglazed for exhibit B allowable. This is for pre sale anyways.
 

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Safeguard requires plastic to be put on all broken window openings if the window can not be reglazed for exhibit B allowable. This is for pre sale anyways.
I was there with glass on the truck. all i had to do was cut it. he told me the client would not approve anymore $$$ spent on the house. I asked him what then did you send me out in the first place. I know I should be used to it but it still pisses me off. I told him I wasnt getting my 30 ft ladder out in 30 mph winds and 9 degree wind chill to put up a piece of plastic that would just blow off anyway for free. I didnt vote for Obama care.
 

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The listing agent has enough pull that if they don't like you or your work, they can get Safeguard to assign every work order in your area to another contractor. Staying on their good side can also mean you'll get their other work as well as referrals.





I don't think the agents have much pull or if they do it must be selective.

Ask the mountainman how much pull they have when it comes to getting REO snow removals done in his area.
 

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The Brothers are doing the samething! they must think you can glaze every window! I normailly ask them to reassign,most homes here have double glass.you have to remove broken window pain ,take a glass co. he has to order glass I have reinstall after and borad opening while waiting.5 Brother are so stupid on window reglaze thing,they have there set price and just don`t get it when u steer from it! I went back to a property that was reasighed for window glazing and all the glass had fallen out of the openings and broken! Dumb a** contractor had installed with wood caulk(windows were old metal fram windows!) I just laughted and was thinking you get what you pay for!!!:thumbsup:
 

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I don't think the agents have much pull or if they do it must be selective.

Ask the mountainman how much pull they have when it comes to getting REO snow removals done in his area.
You are correct. When it comes to getting things done at properties that are deteriorating or not even being maintained, most of the ones we know of don't seem to have a lot of pull. But if it comes to contractor issues, I have seen them get properties out of a hack's hands and into ours quickly and consistently.
 
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