Here is a case of the early bird winning the race.
My wife noticed that the washing machine water mixing valve was leaking. I checked and we determined that the valve needed replacement. We felt it was best to have a plumber handle the task. We called the plumber normally used by our association and were told they could get to it in about three weeks! Our Property Manager suggested two other plumbers. We called. One said they were not taking on any new clients! Two had answering machines on which I described the job and requested a return call. One of the answering machines had a recorded message: “we respond to emergencies and normal repairs”. Eight hours later, neither returned my call. But we did not wait around. We found a plumbing franchise that said they could do the job. They also had their technician call to determine if he had the part on his truck. He did! We possibly paid a bit more, but the job was done with a one year warranty on parts and labor. We called back the firm that schedule us for three weeks out, and told them to cancel it. We also left a message for the firm that said they did emergency work and told them then needed to delete that.
How responsive is your business?
Steve Koenig, SCORE Counselor
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