When Girl Ninja and I decided to begin the house hunting process a year ago, we were in kind of an awkward position. We had met with a Redfin agent, our landlord introduced us to one of his employees who was also a realtor, and then one of our good friends worked in Real Estate. We knew the general rule of thumb is that people shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, or in other words, we shouldn’t hire a friend to be our realtor.
Well we did and we couldn’t be happier with the decision. In fact, since he was a personal friend it almost seemed like he DIDN’T want us to buy a house. Each place we walked through he would give us a laundry list of reasons why he thought we should pass on it. It was really nice knowing we had someone looking out for our best interest, and not necessarily his wallet.
Hiring friends seems to be a trend of mine.
Two weeks ago I hired a high school friend to do $350 worth of electrical work on our place. He ran power from our house out to our car port and installed three floodlights and an outdoor outlet. I had an electrician I found on Yelp come out and give me a bid on the work, and when my buddy said he would do it for the same price, it seemed like a no brainer.
Go with the friend.
Yesterday we had $1,200 worth of yard work done. A bunch of wood chipping, a huge 60 foot Fir tree taken down, and three trees high limbed to 50 ft. I’m so pleased with the company we ended up going with, but even still, I wish I knew someone personally that I could have hired to do the work.
On a side note, look at how OPEN our backyard looks now! Booya for no more claustrophobia…
after (obviously there is still some work that needs to be done like laying grass seed)…
I guess I think about things like this:
I’m going to spend X dollars on Y project so why not hire someone I can trust? Not to mention the fact that I can put dollars in a friend’s pocket instead of a strangers. Win, win!
I guess until I get burned, I’ll continue to hire friends and acquaintances for projects around the home that I can’t do myself. Until then I’m happy to hand over my benjamins to my besties.
What’s your stance on entering business relationships with friends? For or against? You ever had a relationship ruined by a business deal?