Protocol & Performance

Day 4

Scouting & Selecting

(Please, take quick breaks if you have to)


Hello again, and welcome to Day 4 “Scouting & Selecting.” At this point, We're confident in you stopping, looking, and listening more than ever before from the basis of successful planning of distinguishing between conducive delegation of assignment and that which is figuratively “suicidal.”  If at this point you really haven’t noticed a certain rise in your resolve for not being on the receiving end of a failed home project, please, stick around. But then, it should suffice to say that of the many who are aware of “Protocol & Performance,” you’re one of the few who honed in.

Would you like to look ahead? Would you like to make comparisons? Would you like to wager that already the probability of your making the same mistakes as somebody else makes during the tenure of this crash course has decreased since Day 1? Would you like to extend that wager to include some who will lose big time on a failed home project even before you successfully completed this crash course?

It’ll happen because that’s the nature of the beast, but it doesn’t have to happen to you. So, please, by all means, stick around.


The Simplicity “Getting This Down”

In this Lesson, you’re going to gain an even deeper perspective into the simplicity of continuing to pull ahead of the crowd of residents who continually decline moving beyond established decadent moors in resident-contractor relations. Yet, by no means should this be taken as any of us being better than the other ……. only BETTER PREPARED! Haa!

So, please take physical notes using pencil or pen and real paper. We can’t afford to have you “wand-ing” around the place wasting energy in more ways than one trying to store or locate something or waiting for the battery to recharge hoping that the info you’ve noted didn’t die along with it. Do the required research. View all “Research Links” presented in this study. Keep it simple, my friend, while you’re scouting, okay? Scout smarter, not harder… … Internet.


Internet … … Please?

Exercise 1: Although hard copy business directories and word-of-mouth can be reliable sources for locating contractors, it’s a given that they’re really not more dependable than the internet for scouting contractors. So, the very first thing you do in your quest for the right people is to go online. Then, do, please, do the following Exercise:

      1. Go to your favorite search engine;

      2. Assuming you’re shopping for the best deal in vinyl siding for your home (we’re not talking about the lowest price;

      3. Although, on first thought, you may consider striking up a deal with a company nearest you... ...  That’s a great thought.             However, I hope you’ll do this first: Let’s say your home is in the state of California. Enter:

                                                     “California - Contractors - Vinyl Siding.”

What you‘ll get is a staggeringly huge line up of companies in the state of California which specialize predominately or completely in " vinyllllll siding!" You've got it!

The reason for suggesting that you first do this brief  Exercise to pan your favorite search engine is for you to experience an enriched and  authentic visual of the number of  firms which "provide and install vinyl siding." Therefore, even if you don't reside in the state of California, you can do the same pan and get the same "intelligence" on  the number of specialists in your state who do vinyl siding or whatever else it is in which you require specialized contract-related support. And, you'll notice that a lot of these extend out as far as a 20-30-mile radius! This provides you with virtually unlimited latitude for meeting your personal time frame for having your project commenced, developed, and completed by other accomplished pros when the companies located in your  immediate area are "too busy." End of Exercise 1.*

   [Extreme Word of Caution]

Exercise 2:

1. Now, it’s okay to minimize your scope, using the same pan procedure, for locating the companies nearest you in your search.  Pick out a minimum number of five (5) of the best companies nearest you (using your own judgement) which regularly do the sort of project you’ve got in mind. Whether that’s siding, rewiring, jacuzzies, sunroofs, swimming pools, fences and gates or whatever, that’s it.

2. Once you’ve done these things, the Scouting is over (tentatively speaking, since you may want to do more if none of these are suitable enough for what you’ve got in mind). For now, the Selecting is also over. You’ve indisputably done both at once. End of Exercise 2.*

At this point, you’re now ready for the next phase: Due Diligence/Service Validation. Of course, for the upcoming Day 5 – Hiring - Part 1. This screening procedure is highly crucial before you can make the BEST possible hiring decision.

 The “Service Validation”/ checking current reputation, background, and references of these five contractors you've selected (not hired) before making your actual hiring decision should become as automatic as checking your mail box/e-mail.

In other words, if you expect to make the best possible decision,  then it's strongly imperative for you to ALWAYS conduct an effective, no-exceptions Service Validation. This  is recommended to be a deeply ingrained and irreversible major aspect of your protocol... Enough is enough. The buck starts and stops with you.  This will be covered in a bit more detail in Day 5 (Part 1-2).

Master the possibilities. Please, don't let the possibilities master you! That's just to say that although anything is possible, it's up to you to control the possibilities through proactively only making possible what you need to make possible.  On to the future, TODAY!*


*Research Links:

                    1. "Service Validation" form. Crucial. (Nation's 1st Standardized Contractor Screening Document for the Home)

                    2. Another reason for necessary research/service validation on contractors

                    3. Special Reminder If In Disaster-torn Area

Please Note That "Research Links" May Become Inactive, Especially Those Which Are Outside HGRBS (Course Sponsor) Jurisdiction. In The Event This Occurs, Please Notify Us Immediately Using The Contact Form Provided In  Protocol Assistance.

End of Day 4 – “Scouting & Selecting”  Please, rest assured, that on this, your fourth day of preparedness, just by virtue of your measured consistency in this matter, you're demonstrating a quality which gives you an edge in contract-related home project decision making. How so? You're practicing calculating behavior which is reality-based. You know what you're reaching for but you're doing it with tact. You're willing to "wait" until the time is right for the next move.  You believe it's worth the promised benefits for so doing. Calculating. 

*Tip: A major reason for most reported home maintenance and improvement improprieties against residents is impulsive behavior. These residents weren't willing to wait until they did what was reasonably required to protect themselves. The exact opposite!

Tomorrow: Day 5 – Hiring - Part 1


This free crash course transitions from evening to evening allowing an approximate 24-hour window for studying and researching. It is understood that most online participants work during the day and do most of their personal internet activity during the evening. Whether or not day-shifting applies to you, as well, it is certain you will not miss a single one.  Pass the word! Stick around! GO THE DISTANCE!

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