What is the #1 thing on your wish list for work in 2015?
Here in the D.C. area, we will be very busy in 2015, so my wish is for adequate manpower. A return to decent margins would be real nice, too!
To get paid within the contract terms on all our projects. (I guess that’s really a dream and not a wish.)
—Pete Dittemore, President, Sierra Insulation Contractors Inc., Ontario, CA
That the bottom feeding, low-down, dirty scoundrels finally either go away, or wake up on their "stupid” pricing.
—Anonymous, Gilbert, AZ
To get paid on time. With margins low it’s more important than ever for cash flow. Reducing retention release time just kills cash flow when after a job is complete [you have] to wait six months to a year for your money. This causes us to use our credit line for cash flow and we never recoup the interest. Try putting that in your bid and you don’t get the job. Brutal!
Everyone price work to make money and not cut their price to get work. We have very few opportunities to make real money in this business and the next couple years is our opportunity. Let’s stop worrying about each other and run our businesses how we want to.
My #1 wish list item is that my competition would understand what overhead and profit really means. Happy New Year to all in our industry.
—Roy Robertson, Performance Drywall Services (since 1982), Grapevine, TX
I wish we were not welcoming illegals and foreign goods. I wish we were not as worried about slapping terrorists. I wish we honored our military and police and firefighters more. I wish we were promoting USA more and China less. I wish we had national right to carry.
You know, I have one simple request and that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!
—Howard Bernstein, President, Penn Installations, Summerhill, PA, borrowing a line from "Dr. Evil”
[That] the economy stays as good it has been over the last year.
—Kevin, KL Drywall LLC, Minneapolis, MN
More of it, and better markup.
It’s a toss-up between two items: timely pay, and better scoping of jobs so that all work is assigned and doesn’t become a point of contention later, when the construction manager tries to foist it onto some innocent subcontractor.
—Robert Aird, President, Aird Incorporated, Frederick, MD
Number 1 item on my wish list is to be paid in a reasonable time frame.
—Mike Mazzone, President, Statewide General Contracting & Construction, Inc., Honolulu, HI