Contractor's opinions please?
I have an interesting situation with an upcoming remodel of a large home. Ten bathrooms all need to be redone, as well as a kitchen, butlers pantry, a couple of dining rooms, restoration of plaster etc.
We had found a contracting company we really liked, but the main reason we like it is that we were assigned their historical home expert and he's a wonderful craftsman, as well as someone I enjoy having in my home for extended periods of time (not invasive, very polite, personally very enjoyable to discuss options with, etc) and he knows his historical stuff, which is really important to us.
So the long and short...the company is having issues because jobs are cutting back or not coming in. First they cut his insurance, then his salary, then layed him off.
We are seriously considering hiring him to work for us full time for a couple of years. I am a bit torn about not using the company that we found him from, but there are no assurances that he will be hired back, even if we insist (because he's unlikely to want to go back on the lower salary and no insurance).
So as a contractor...if you lay a guy off, do you walk away from that? Would you understand if we hired him, and still used you on some of the larger jobs or would it peeve you off so much we'd not see you again????