There are about 3-4 guys that have small excavating companies here locally in our county. Everyone we talked to seemed to highly recommend one guy. "He does the best work". This is the guy that DH called over 2 weeks ago. When he returned DH's call he said he was out of town that week and would call DH the following Monday (of Thanksgiving week). He never did and DH figured short work week, he got busy, etc. So, DH called him again on Monday of this week. The guy almost acted like he didn't even remember talking to DH about our project (weird) and then he told DH he was bidding a job in town yesterday morning and when he was done with that he'd call DH to meet him at our property. No call whatsoever. WTH?! DH will not be contacting him again. In the meantime yesterday afternoon he contacted another guy to get a bid. This guy seemed (and I use that word lightly around here!) much more interested and said he'd get back with DH on meeting up. But again, no one around here gives much in the way of firm dates.....and then they never call back. DH told him he's really trying to use as much local contract work as possible - you know, keep the money flowing into our county's businesses....(isn't that what you are supposed to do, right?)
He also talked to his friend last night (who works construction industry) and the one who our builder built his house. He called back this morning and talked to the excavating company that did his work (they are local to his town/next county over) and they would really like to bid the job and will come out to our property on Saturday. Our lot is about 25 miles out from where they are located, so not too far of distance. DH's gut feeling is that's probably who we will end up going with. If these local guys can't even be somewhat responsive, well then that's their loss, I guess. We tried. He also got an email back with a bid from one of the paving companies (there are no local pavers), but they are out of the city, so you'd expect them to be a little bit more on the ball. But he hasn't heard back from the other two he asked for bids from on paving.
He emailed our builder Monday afternoon/evening, asking for the list of places he said he would recommend we get the bids from for the things like cabinets, doors, flooring, etc. Still no email back from him on that. Sigh....this is going to be a very slow long process, that's for sure. I remember when I was applying with the local (in the city) lender for our loan for this house. She was so amazed that I always emailed right back and was so organized and had all the docs she would request right away. Well, ya, that's how it's done! LOL. That's what I liked about our realtor we used - he was very on the ball and responsive.
Speaking of slow companies...the telephone company finally showed up at our property yesterday to run the phone line down to our property. We only started this process to request that get done last July! They had to bore under our neighbors paved driveway and then dug across our two roughed in driveways to set up the phone pole on the other side of our property next to the electrical box. Via email last night our neighbor said it looked like they got done and did sweep up the road after themselves. DH is on his way out there now to take a look at it and then he will stop on his way back through town at the propane company and get the bid on purchasing a 1000 gallon propane tank and having it buried.
It is that way around here too, even in the city. Contractors are on their own time frame. They can start a job, being there for 3 days and not come back for 2 weeks. It is insane and drove me up the wall! Now you know where my exhaustion came from.ReplyDelete
we had that when we hired a relative of a friend to remodel our bathrooms at our old house. It was like a 3 day total job that took him 2-3 weeks (and he never completely finished). So maddening.Delete
We see a lot of that too here in France. However, when they are good, they are damn good. I have taken to asking my son for recommendations (those are the good ones). I did say to my son (the plumber) that apart from being bilingual, if you show up on time, do a decent job, clean up after yourself and are respectful you will have more work than you can handle. And it's true isn't it. AnnaReplyDelete
we tried to get good recommendations from people, but even the "good" ones won't follow through. I agree they will have lots of work, but they should also at least call people back, if they have reschedule, fine, but give a call.Delete
Oh that is aggravating. Small towns are the worst, my mother lives in a small town and is often frustrated by the lack of response from companies!ReplyDelete
it is super frustrating!Delete
I am so sorry for you. I keep a running list of the different types of contractors we use for various services. Most are good and really good about getting back to me, but not all of them!ReplyDelete
unfortunately these are "one time" type of contractors. Once the house is done we won't be needing an excavator or retianing wall builder :/Delete
We have similar aggravation in our area. Took us 4 companies to find one to put seamless gutters on our house. I can't imagine ever building an entire house where we live.ReplyDelete
We are seriously wondering how it's ever going to get done!Delete
Wow !!! absolutely fantastic blog. I am very glad to have such useful information.ReplyDelete