Help Wanted Ad On Craigslist –Waterproofing Company Will Pay A Percentage of Job as Compensation-Could That Cause Shortcuts?

 The ad below is/was on Craigslist…if you read down through, you’ll see under the “compensation” section that the pay is a percentage of the job…

If this company is going to do your work, be careful…the foreman and his 2-3 guys that show up to do the work will be motivated to get in and get out as FAST as possible…

Your job could be at risk because the company’s foreman’s sole motivation is to make as much per hour as possible.   Lets say your job is contracted at $10,000.00. The crew foreman is probably going to get 50-60% of the total cost of the job…and the house keeps 40-50%. Lets say in this example the foreman will get “paid” $6,000.00. Out of the foreman’s share is going to come the labor for his helpers…maybe $2,500.00 in labor costs. Or lower your costs even further and pick up some guys at Home Depot?

Then he has to buy the materials too…typically 25-30% of the costs of a job, so that’s apx $2,500.00. Hmm, how does one reduce his costs? Buy cheaper materials…better be sure your getting what’s stated on the contract. If even any specific product is called out for. Those scopes of work that say “metal lath, polymer modified cement, fiberglass and acrylic resin…you ain’t getting a brand name system, your getting Jet Coatings or Home Depot cements and resins.

So now your down to $1,000.00 out of the 6k. That will have to pay any gas and misc expenses too. Say $150.00 on that…Now your foreman on the job is down to $850 in his pocket. How hard do you think he’s going to be driving his crew to finish? Hard.

 Will your job be done right? Maybe…maybe not. The devil is in the details…did they spend time on those details or did they say “good enough? and not worry about the details? Even a bad job can last a year or two before going bad.

I can’t say that this is the case here, but it would give me cause for concern…just saying.

deck coating waterproofing (laguna beach and surround orange county )


Date: 2010-07-29, 11:07AM PDT
Reply to: rcmetcalf@upcom.net [Errors when replying to ads?]


looking for responsible reliable person to perform all deck coating and related responsibilities ie; metal flashing, removal and replacement of damaged areas, must know and be skilled to perform all and or partial processes of fiberglass, urethane, and epoxy deck coating systems, must have own tools and transportation. those without these and no experiece need not apply thanks 1800 559-5482

  • Location: laguna beach and surround orange county
  • Compensation: percentage of job
  • This is a part-time job.
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Phone calls about this job are ok.
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

PostingID: 1870014945

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