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A few recent events have left me feeling bruised and self reflective. When it comes down to it, I hate feeling like I’ve been ripped off. I don’t mind paying good money for something but I do expect the product or service to meet my expectations. There’s nothing worse than paying good money and finding out after the fact that it is money wasted. That leaves a very sour taste in my mouth.
I won’t bore you with the full details of my solar system disaster except to say over the course of two years we have been through five solar inverters and it has been one big, long expensive waste of money and time. My role in this was to trust the solar installer. He was recommended to me by a trusted and knowledgeable friend who works in the industry. I asked questions and checked out Google, but I never went on the roof to check the system out. In my opinion I shouldn’t have to climb up two stories on a scary slippery roof as that’s what I paid the solar dude to do. I also know nothing about solar systems, so I expected him to use his expertise to solve my problem.
Little did I know, after getting in someone else (at more cost) to check the workmanship the solar installer lied and cheated. Amongst rewiring and new inverters, I paid him to install possum proofing to keep the possums from eating the wiring. He installed most of it but left about a 2-metre gap in the proofing. Naturally the possums got back in and ate through the wiring which was blowing up the inverters. Further because the solar dude attached the proofing by screwing into the side of the solar panels the screws were shortening out the whole system and blowing up the inverters.
What relevance does this sad sorry story have for an accounting firm and our clients? I think lots can be learned.
As Horst Schulze the former CEO of Ritz Carlton says, all customers only want three things and this is true of all businesses. These are:
THE EPIC SOLAR FAIL
The whole experience has made me reaffirm our core values and how we treat our clients.
Horst Schulze says meeting all three customer requirements and doing that well, adds up to value. This is what customers value and are willing to pay for.
I fixed my never ending solar problems by engaging a big national outfit and on their recommendation ripped the entire system out – panels, wiring and inverter, the lot! They then replaced everything brand new as it was cheaper to do that than trying to find and fix the other solar dude’s mistakes. It was costly but I am satisfied. I got what I paid for and fingers crossed it keeps working for a long time yet. The next step is for the possum man to install the possum proofing. So far, the possum man has been timely and nice and hopefully he does his job well to keep the pesky critters out! Solar system rant over and so many life lessons learnt from one big, long drama.