If you’re an American homeowner or homerenter, this is most definitely of interest to you. At one point or another, you’re going authorize work to be done by residential contractors.
But something which has been neglected in this realm is resident use of original and exclusive Project Numbers for each contract each project. Please, allow me to use this excerpt from the “Contract for Home Services” e-booklet (assuming, for example, you’ve ordered construction of a wooden deck in your backyard):
“Focusing now along the line which reads “Project Description” you write exactly what you’ve got in mind. Be very specific: “Construction of 4’x12’x12’ Raised Wooden Deck in Backyard.” The key words are “Wooden Deck.” The initials are, therefore, “W.D.” Then you tag a number to it. Of course there’s really no limit to which number you can tag on to it, but I’d probably steer clear of the number “40.” I think you know why. You know ….. like”WD40” ………. the…er…spray lubricant? I mean….how unoriginal can you get?! What we can do (and this is just an example) is give the project a number of distinction. In this case we can tag the project something like: “WD-41.2.”
Oh yeah!....and there you’ve got your distinction! “Construction of 4’x12’x12’ Raised Wooden Deck in Backyard - #WD-41.2” Done! “End of Excerpt. [From Lesson III, subsection Project ID & Time Line]
This is so significant since no other project you’ve had has ever had that Project Number, and no other project you’ll have in the future will. This hypothetical deck project will always and forever be “WD-41.2” in very much the same way your Social Security Number will be. The number connects to everything else about the project, from the exact location to the time it was launched, completed or not completed by the Contractor associated with it into perpetuity!
If you have to call in someone else (another contractor), you just use another Project Number like “WD-711.1E” (retaining the other for records purposes just in case you may have to refer to it again in the future. It has a story of its own) for the new contract and all associate sketches, graphs, and other relative paperwork. It’s a completely different project because it’s now assigned to a completely different Contractor.
Your Social Security Number is the link to everything about you, from the day you were born, got your first paycheck, until the day you retired in one way, then in the other. Long after you’re physically out of here, the number for you will always be the same and it will always be the link to everything else about you (generally speaking). Likewise will be (if this is what you prefer) your Project Number. It identifies everything about your deck project, from the people who worked on it to all the costs and expenses entailed.
Your Project Number can be used on practically anything having to do with the project (not just the contract). Please, from now on, include a Project Number for each of your special projects in which there’s a written and signed contract. Use it on everything having to do with it. Most certainly, you’ll be glad you did!
Project Numbers, Today! Project Numbers, Tomorrow! Project Numbers, Forever!
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