Woods Walker wrote:WOW! It is SO different up here. I'm bidding work for almost HALF of what I was turning it away for 6 years ago, and I STILL didn't get many jobs. Contractors here are almost at the point of paying the HOMEOWNER for the privilege of working for them.
Not wishing people ill, but I wish it were like that down here. I would have a new barn and fencing on our south place and my wife and I would have hired someone to do the whole house remodel on the south farm house instead of doing it ourselves with the kids.
Two years ago we had the contractor walk off the job on the project we had going at our home residence, and it was a big project. We had a detached garage and driveway poured. Then he tried to build us a back porch with a second story roof deck but got beyond his capability. We were basically keeping him working during bad times. But when it rained the roof leaked, his solution was to pour 35 gallons of foundation tar on it to seal the leaks after we told him to stop and lets rethink things. After trying to fix the problem and clean up the mess, he finally gave up and my wife and I were left to complete the job. Thing was, this was not a situation where tempers flared or any threats were made, we really tried to work with the guy because he was the friend of a friend and we knew he did good work on other houses he had built because we watched him build them.
We always seem to end up doing these things ourselves because we cannot find people to do good work at a reasonable cost. With the exception of a local handyman we have just run across who works for $20 an hour, works hard, knows what he is doing, and shows up when he says he will. Plus he and my wife work well together.