We’ve all been there. Whether it’s an apprentice or just one of those cowboy tradespeople who can never get the job done right, we’ve all been in those situations where we have to clean up the mess made by another tradesperson who just never seems to know what they’re doing.
We’ve put together a list of six steps you can take to fix up the mess when you find yourself in those unfortunate situations...
#1 - Realise they’re probably not going to fix it themselves
They don’t know what they’re doing, and they’ve botched the job and made a mess. Chances are, they’re not going to come back to fix it, so yes, unfortunately that burden lands on you. You just have to make peace with the fact that they’re not going to come back and fix their mess, try and sort it out yourself, and move on.
#2 - Identify what’s gone wrong and where
First things first - figure out what’s gone wrong. Work out where the cowboy tradesperson went wrong and botched the job and what mistake was made. The sooner you figure out the reason for the mess, the quicker you can get everything sorted and go home.
#3 - Work out a simple solution that can fix the problem
It’s time to put your expert trade skills to use and fix up the mess. Work out a simple solution that will fix up the problem nicely without taking up too much of your time - after all, you don’t want to spend hours working on fixing mistakes made by other shoddy tradespeople.
#4 - Clean up the mess as best as you can
There’s nothing more satisfying than a nicely done job. Fix it all up and make sure to clean up the mess as best as you can. If you’re going to be taking credit for this later, you need to make sure your mates don’t find a mistake on your part - they’ll never let you hear the end of it otherwise.
#5 - Take credit for being the superhero
You’re never going to let anyone forget about the time where you, out of the goodness of your own heart, helped fix up someone else’s work. You’re practically a superhero for doing this - and your mates aren’t going to hear the end of it.
#6 - Avoid cowboy tradespeople at all costs
Now you’ve fixed up the mess made by a shoddy tradesperson, you’re going to want to avoid them at all costs so you don’t have to do this again. Sure, it was satisfying fixing a messy job and finishing it perfectly, and yeah, it was great being able to take credit for being the superhero and having people praise you. But you could also have spent that time doing something better with your time, right?
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