I’ve never been a big 80’s rock fan, but the words “You’re in the Jungle baby, you’re gonna die” always struck me as funny. Having never been to a real jungle, I can only imagine that it is a wonderful and scary place. What strikes me so funny, though, is the thought that most of life is like a jungle full of the amazing, the agonizing, the wonderful and the deadly. Commercial painting is no less so. A year ago, we ventured into the residential market thinking it was a fertile land of plenty where the plow would dive right into the soil and glide through it like butter. Not so. My respect for the residential contractor has deepened immensely. It, too, is a difficult terrain to navigate, but there are many who do it well. While we no longer offer residential services, we are grateful to all those who gave us a chance to learn new things.
Back to the commercial world. I have a friend who refers to much of what we do as being in the “meat market.” We love it – it is what we do best. But it is hard to deny the last few years have been a little tricky. The markets have reached lows never experienced before in my lifetime and they have been so fat that every change order goes unquestioned. We’ve been through both – and lived! This is, after all, the natural cycle of a mostly free market system. And for those that know me know that I am a lifelong proponent of the free market system, but it is not without troubles. Below is a link to a good article that criticizes the competitive bid system of commercial contracting. Competitive bidding is the way to go, but it is in dire need of an overhaul. Enjoy!