With carpet installation being one of the last trades to step onto a site, there’s plenty of time beforehand for things to go pear-shaped. It’s a knock-on effect as one delay heaps on another.
It happens all too frequently. You get to the site on carpet delivery day, and you and your team are ready for action. Only to find that the carpet has arrived but the subfloor isn’t ready and there are painters, electricians and other trades still swarming over the site. Or that the plans you have are not the final plans as promised and that additional walls have been removed or doors added. Or, perhaps worst of all, you weren’t made aware of the logistics and the carpet won’t fit in the goods lift. You’re out of pocket on wages and need to reschedule.
And that’s just at the end point of a job. You may have been working with a salesperson from your carpet supplier for three months to three years before the specifications and costs are finalised and the carpet is ordered. If, like many installers, you are paying for the carpet, your financial exposure and risk can be huge.
As one owner of a successful carpet installation business advises:
It’s vital to have a good connection and great communication with the client, the architect and your carpet supplier and to have the right guys on the ground to put things in place.
Here again, a checklist for each project can avoid a lot of woes and save your profit margin.
Here are some further tips to ensure you produce a quality job each and every time:
Taking the extra time and trouble to ensure the site is ready and all conditions are ideal may seem like extra bother but, ultimately, will save mistakes and defects that could have you turning around and doing all or part of the job again and losing money, rather than moving right along to the next profitable job. If you are at the stage in your business growth that it’s becoming impossible for you to attend to all the details personally, and costly mistakes are occurring, now could be the time to engage your own project manager.
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