Interstellar Adventures

July 13, 2007

Just call me Princess Vivian

Filed under: Interstellar Casa,Rants & Opinions — by InterstellarLass @ 10:14 am

Wow. Being a contractor just must be the life. Work when you want. Show up when you want. Or not at all. These guys must be raking it in so much so that they can afford to just not show up for jobs, blow off estimate appointments, and just plain not call you back.

What happened to common decency? Not wasting someone’s time? Calling when you are going to be late? Letting someone know that you need to reschedule? One hour late is NOT on time. You say you’re going to be somewhere at an appointed time then you should be there. And if you know that you’re going to be late – a clue…you’re 30 minutes from where you need to be and not ready to leave yet and it’s say, 30 minutes before the appointment time: YOU’RE GOING TO BE LATE – then you need to pick up the damn phone.

I’m amazed at how people run their businesses. And I use the term business in the loosest sense of the word. They treat it more like a paid hobby.

I feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. I have money to spend and people won’t help me! You get paid by the hour right? I have work to do for which I will pay you with money. But you obviously don’t want my money. And Angie’s List isn’t any help. I’ve called contractors with A ratings, and they’re just as likely to offend as the guy from Craigs List or the guy from the flyer in the coupon mailer. Jerks.

Anyone know how to rip out a sliding glass door, reframe and install French Doors? I’ve got the money. Seriously. Just call me. I’ll even buy you beer when you’re done. Just please…call!


  1. omg no kidding. our real estate agent is this close to being forgotten entirely. TWO WEEKS late on our listing. keeping my house clean for so long is a challenge and I know it would sell fast if he would just do it already. also? I’m finding all my own listings i want to see and by the time he gets back to me – they are sold. argh!

    Comment by Karen — July 13, 2007 @ 9:28 pm |Reply

  2. I feel your pain. I’ve been there. The same things applies to the contractors up here. I’ve actually called some for jobs and they’ve pretty much laughed at the job I’ve asked them to do. You know, it’s not big enough, or expensive enough for them to even bother coming out. Hanging doors is no fun, from what I’ve been told. I’ve found that working with the little guys, the ones where they do the work themselves with maybe one other guy are better to work with than the large contractors. Keep looking, there has to be tons of contractors in your area.

    Comment by carnealian — July 14, 2007 @ 11:41 am |Reply

  3. I’m all for that extra money you have.
    Now if I could only install doors…

    Comment by midtwentiesinthemidwest — July 15, 2007 @ 1:40 am |Reply

  4. I am all to familiar to this pain….
    Utterly amazing that it happens everywhere…

    Comment by Pendullum — July 16, 2007 @ 7:22 am |Reply

  5. Is airfare included?

    Comment by nittanybri — July 16, 2007 @ 8:10 am |Reply

  6. My hub knows how to do all those things. unfortunately, that’s why we end up doing so much do-it-yourself crap around here. He doesn’t have time to do all the work himself. You would think the workers would want the money, or that they’d want their business to expand, and that they’d want to impress you so that they would get referrals!!!
    I’ve found only one company that worked for us on Angie’s list. the rest of the time, it hasn’t worked for us at all. Good luck!

    Comment by Laura — July 16, 2007 @ 1:38 pm |Reply

  7. I totally feel for you. Contractors are terrible people to nail down. (no pun intended)

    Comment by Indigo — July 17, 2007 @ 11:19 am |Reply

  8. Hey! You’re right! Where’s MY sliding door guy that I called several weeks ago?? My next life, I’ll be a contractor.

    Comment by abbynormal — July 17, 2007 @ 12:15 pm |Reply

  9. I don’t suppose you could just go to Home Depot or something. Would they do it?

    Comment by Jolynn — July 18, 2007 @ 11:29 am |Reply

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