I know what you are thinking… What is the title of this post all about? For us, it’s pretty sad when you think about it. I live in the Dallas area and it has been a real challenge to find a reputable contractor who wants to do the work we need without severely overcharging, under performing or not providing the care we need as customers.
In the past few weeks, we have had a company quote us an extreme amount and after measuring the room, didn’t provide design ideas, colors, or amenities. He just gave us the quote and said he would be in touch. Be in touch for what? We have no idea what the plans are, or any idea of what anything could look like. Talk about confused and offended.
Next, I contacted a local internet company who matches you with qualified contractors in your area. One company replied and after speaking for a few minutes we even set a date and time for their free consultation. I then explained how things were going to be paid for and the representative said, “great, we will just need to have a check in hand for us to complete the free consultation”. To which I responded, “how much is a free consultation?” Again, confusion has set in.
I had another contractor tell us he was on his way to give us a quote and possibly begin the work we needed (for a separate job) and he never showed up even after playing phone tag for about about 9 hours.
I even told another contractor how disappointed I was in his prejudgment in me. I let him know I had the funds to get everything completed and after the project in question, I was going to be looking for help to get other projects done around my home, but he missed out because of his prejudice.
Not all of our experiences have been bad. Thankfully, when we had our kitchen remodeled, we found a perfect company that completed the work and their pricing was fair and they did a wonderful job. Sadly, they only do kitchens.
I will not put the blame on everyone, but in my recent experience, the more reputable contractors do not work my side of town and it disappointing.
All we want is a renovation of our second bath for my husband. He has Multiple Sclerosis and we want to make it more compatible for him to use long term.
Here’s what we would like:
- Conversation from tub to shower with a pony wall, seating and shower door installed. Tiled wall
- New taller toilet
- New flooring from carpet to non-slip tile.
- New white vanity with white mirror and vessel sink (that’s my personal want).
How hard is that? I seriously feel like I should put out an ad that reads, “couple desperately seeking contractor for short-term relationship”. I’m sure I’d have better luck with that.
I’m starting to see why so many turn to YouTube to do the jobs themselves and I will not rule that out, at this point. I guess we’ll just have to keep searching. Surely, there is someone out there who can get the job done and be professional about it. Wish us luck!
Until Next Time!