Painting Projects

I had my house painted for a relatively cheap amount. It was an unexpected bargain. My house was doing upgrading works, supported by the Government. I privately paid one of the foreign workers who were doing the works to do a side job for me for $30. He told his friend about it, who later approached me regarding painting my house for me. The house upgrading was only for the toilets and the refuse system and excludes painting.

At first the deal did not go through, because I thought I could paint the house on my own and it felt just a little expensive. My house has a horrible colour left behind by the previous tenant. Then he reduced the price further, which attracted me. So I agreed with the deal and they spent one day painting my house. I was there supervising the works for almost one whole day and saw for myself that the quality was good. I was immensely satisfied.

Then an idea struck me. Not everyone knows these workers. But I have them willing to paint at a cheap price. So I advertised the painting services and had 2 people asking, 1 of which eventually went through today. I had a bit of apprehension, firstly because painting is totally out of my area of expertise. Due to my unfamiliarity with the whole business, I worry that I may screw something up. I also do not know enough painters to have a backup. Then comes the issue of me not being able to work extra jobs or having businesses at the side. My job does not allow me to do that. So far all was ok because I hid behind the veil of anonymity, using the internet to conduct my business.

But for this case I have to go down to the site personally. While the chances of meeting someone is rare, there is always that one chance which is enough to strike me out. All it takes is for one person who saw me and decided to sink me. Of course, apprehension remained as it is, and I have decided to risk it and go ahead with it. It was a calculated risk.

For my first deal I thought I offered the worker a slightly higher price than I could bargain for. My friend told me that the price I quoted was a little on the low side too. I had to quote a low price to the customer because I need to establish myself first, and if it is the same price as the market, there is no incentive to come to me. I quoted a little on the high side for the painters because, well it was a small mistake.

The quote should have been lower and for him to bargain. It does irks me a little but I am trying not to be too affected as these painters really have a hard time trying to make a living in Singapore. I do also earn a bit at the side, just maybe not as much as I would like to. Either way for a first deal I thought it was pretty not bad.

It does remind me as a human that although the deal meets my expectations somewhat, I am still not satisfied fully knowing that I could have gotten more out of it. This is sinful thought. I am a Christian by the way, not that it is related to what I am posting.

So tomorrow I will be going down to site for a recce. It was something unexpected for me too, that a site inspection would be good. I learnt another new thing today. But for now, what I need to learn most is to see a house and decide how much I should charge and how much I should pay the workers.

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