Dressing the Part

In my post, “Contractor Etiquette,”  I discuss all the substantive qualities that characterize a good contractor.

While substance counts, so do appearances.

In fact, at least initially, when the client is forming their first impression — or deciding who to hire! — the importance of dressing professionally can hardly be understated.

So, in my experience, good contractors wear clothes appropriate to their trade (e.g., white overalls for painters); travel with a full complement of well-organized trade tools;  drive a work vehicle that is outwardly clean and in good repair; and show up at the client’s home groomed like they’re going to a job interview (which they effectively are, every day they’re on site). 

Invariably, the contractors who do a good job attending to all of the foregoing . . .  also seem to do quality work!

P.S.:  I don’t have any scientific data backing me up, by my general impression is that, just like good looks can help land a white collar job, so, too, good looks can be a factor getting blue collar work — perhaps just a little less so, because a white collar workplace is more face-to-face.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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