I call before going out too but if no one answers I still go out.ultramegabob said:I always call to confirm that someone is home and they know Im on my way, if no anwer, I skip them and go to the next service call and either call again when Im free, or wait for them to track me down next.....
I went to one guy's house to give a price for a service upgrade. When I got there I knocked on the door. No answer. I went around back and knocked on the back door. No answer. I called his number and heard the answering machine inside pick up. I left a message and left.
Drove back to the office and a few minutes later he calls and asks where was I. I told him I knocked and left a message and he said he must not have heard me. I schedule to go back out the next day.
Guess what? The exact same thing happened all over again even though I called before heading out and he said he would be there.
I would have thought maybe I had the wrong address but I double checked it and not only that the answering machine inside was picking up and I could here myself leaving a message.
I decided it was time to start charging for estimates.
Another guy called and the caller ID said it was from Jiffy Lube. The guy gave me an address to meet him at and wanted me to meet him after 4:00pm that day on a friday. I asked for a number that he could be reached at and he said he didn't have one but he assured me he would be there. Of course no one was there. I taped a note and a business card to his door so he would know I had been there.