October 22, 2010

Hiring A Handyman Shouldn’t Be This Difficult


Handyman's Work
photo credit: Orin Zebest

Why is it that when I’m finally ready to have work done at my house, no one shows up? People talk about the economy and people wanting to work and unemployment, blah, blah, blah. But here I am, with money to spend and no one is willing to do the work. How hard is it to call me back and say you’re ready to work? I mean, really, you’ve already been to my house to give me an estimate. I’ve got money to give you! I might need to call Gustavo if this keeps up. Sure he lives nowhere near me, but maybe he’d show up.

I guess that’s the world of the handyman (sexist and gender specific, yes because I’ve never met a handywoman yet). Maybe they’re in high demand and I don’t have my pulse on that industry. I get it if they’re busy or if a job runs over time. But I’m willing to pay what they’ve quoted and yet they’re too busy to even call back and tell me to go take a hike.

Maybe I sound desperate when I call. I feel like I’m begging them to pick me and come fix up my house. It’s just a few things, I know that. But I can’t do them myself. If I could, you know these things would have been fixed long ago. But even I know my limitations. And, honestly, I’ve attempted to fix things myself only to either hurt myself or create a bigger mess.  If it’s out of my league, I’m willing to bring in the professionals.

Only, they’re not all that professional when it comes to business practices. Maybe I’m missing something. Maybe they know I’m ‘Saving For Someday’ and they’ll get around to me ‘someday’. I’m not going to be discouraged!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find more handyman services to come fix my house. But before I do, any suggestions? And if you happen to live in the Phoenix area and have a good handyman, who would be willing to actually show up and accept my money for a job well done, let me know.  I’m not desperate, but I’m serious!



Marjorie October 22, 2010 at 11:44 am

If you find one who does windows let me know. The two I contacted to get my windows fixed from the hail storm have not bothered to call me back yet either.

Sara October 22, 2010 at 10:43 pm

Hi Marjorie,

What’s with the not showing up? I was actually talking with a friend the other day and I jokingly said that no one wants my business because they can get insurance work from all the hail that recently damaged so much. Guess that’s not the case either. I’ve got a few more recommendations to go thru. Maybe by time summer rolls around I’ll have this all taken care of. Hope you get your windows fixed soon.

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