When our clients sign their contracts, we give an “Anticipated Start Date” – usually simply the month we intend to start. At any given time, each Lead Carpenter is scheduled for at least two or three jobs in advance. We cannot give a “guaranteed” start date because it is impossible to predict the exact duration of the preceding jobs to which that Lead Carpenter has already been committed. Sometimes, unforeseeable but pre-existing conditions arise on a job and they cause delays. Often, a client will decide to add work to the body of their contract after we have already started the project. Rather than leave a job only partially finished, it has long been Blackdog’s policy to stick with each project until the clients can once again enjoy their home. Clients who have signed contracts with Blackdog and are waiting for the projects to begin receive regular updates from their Designer/Salesperson or Project Manager regarding the current schedule.