What is it with local contractors?

What is it with local contractors?

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Homeowner

Herkimer, NY

#1 Nov 3, 2013
I don't understand what the problem is with local contractors. I have a remodeling project (about $10K). I've contacted about 6 I heard did good work. They act like their doing you a favor to do a project. Don't return emails or phone calls. I don't get it.
I've lived in other parts of the country and did not experience this.
All funny

Clockville, NY

#2 Nov 3, 2013
This is a made up story just so you can get people to name contractors and make up stories, I see will this topix will lead. So let's hear about who is bad or good.
Homeowner

Herkimer, NY

#3 Nov 3, 2013
All funny wrote:
This is a made up story just so you can get people to name contractors and make up stories, I see will this topix will lead. So let's hear about who is bad or good.
I'm not looking for names. I just want to understand why this is a central ny thing with trying to find a good contractor. Is it arrogance or just poor business skills.
Same here

Covington, KY

#4 Nov 8, 2013
I have the exact same problem. My project isn't as big, but with the lack of response I am getting...you'd think there is a building boom in Utica. I have 4-5k burning a hole in my pocket, but can't get anyone to call me back.

And, I don't know why anyone would ask for advice on reliable help here on topix anyway....all you're going to get are personal attacks that probably go back to high school or a some sht.

I've never seen a thread on here that gave a good, solid, concrete reason why a contractor is good or bad. Maybe I've just not looked hard enough...but my guess is it doesn't happen and if it does, the guy gets attacked eventually in the post for being an alcoholic, a cheat or a buggerer.
Buzzer

Wethersfield, CT

#5 Nov 8, 2013
Well, if they know that they're better than the competition, they're probably acting like they're doing you a favor because they are literally doing you a favor by keeping you away from bad contractors. Utica is a minefield. Unless you have a big hole through an external wall, or water is gushing down from the roof, you're better off waiting and avoiding bad construction workers.

Or maybe they're overwhelmed by the number of jobs that they have?
Just Saying

Carthage, NY

#6 Nov 8, 2013
Buzzer wrote:
Well, if they know that they're better than the competition, they're probably acting like they're doing you a favor because they are literally doing you a favor by keeping you away from bad contractors. Utica is a minefield. Unless you have a big hole through an external wall, or water is gushing down from the roof, you're better off waiting and avoiding bad construction workers.
Or maybe they're overwhelmed by the number of jobs that they have?
That might be an acceptable reason for not taking a job, but there is no excuse for a legitimate business to return a call from a prospective customer. If that prospective customer had a $35,000-$50,000 repair or building job, I'm sure the business would drop one or two jobs to get that one.
Just Saying

Carthage, NY

#7 Nov 8, 2013
To "not" return a call
Buzzer

Wethersfield, CT

#8 Nov 8, 2013
Just Saying wrote:
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That might be an acceptable reason for not taking a job, but there is no excuse for a legitimate business to return a call from a prospective customer. If that prospective customer had a $35,000-$50,000 repair or building job, I'm sure the business would drop one or two jobs to get that one.
Okay, I agree. It is bad business sense to have bad communication.
I disagree on the last statement though. Either a contractor will hold out for those large jobs, or he/she will put in extra hours to finish up their smaller jobs faster to make room for the bigger jobs. I don't know how a "good" contractor would have the ethics to break contract and leave their customer in the cold with an unfinished job.
Amish Power is the answer

Saranac Lake, NY

#9 Nov 9, 2013
my sister needed a house built in Holland patent and she dealt with the same problems and she got sick of dealing with the local clowns so she contacted the amish, they did far better work were much more faster and prompt and were very good people to do business with and the procedure was no different than dealing with a modern contracter, they saved her so much money that her and her husband were able to build the house 800 sq. feet bigger and a 2 stall garage for the same price that the local guys were going to charge for just the house, and the amish get their supplies at the same places as the local clowns but they only charge labor they don't make money off the supplies like the local clowns do

our local contractors are going to be hurting once people catch on to the amish quality and professionalism that they cant compete with
Hacks

Herkimer, NY

#10 Nov 9, 2013
Amish Power is the answer wrote:
my sister needed a house built in Holland patent and she dealt with the same problems and she got sick of dealing with the local clowns so she contacted the amish, they did far better work were much more faster and prompt and were very good people to do business with and the procedure was no different than dealing with a modern contracter, they saved her so much money that her and her husband were able to build the house 800 sq. feet bigger and a 2 stall garage for the same price that the local guys were going to charge for just the house, and the amish get their supplies at the same places as the local clowns but they only charge labor they don't make money off the supplies like the local clowns do
our local contractors are going to be hurting once people catch on to the amish quality and professionalism that they cant compete with
and I'll guarantee that their is and will be a lot of problems with the house. The Amish are hacks.... You get what you pay for.
Amish Power is the answer

Saranac Lake, NY

#11 Nov 9, 2013
are you kidding me you dumb SOB, you must be a local carpenter to write such an idiotic statement, the house is 2 years old and not a single problem, the engineer, local codes guy and the town all had nothing but praise for the work they did and the work was very precise and the engineer said that the house is far more solid being nailed by hammer than using a nail gun that shoots out wire...his EXACT words, and im inclined to believe an engineer that has over 40 years of experience versus your non knowledgeable idiotic comment...you should go to Trenton and tell your statement right to the amish in person, those dudes will rip you to pieces and not even work up a sweat hoss
Actually

Herkimer, NY

#12 Nov 9, 2013
Home inspector- structural engineer... You must be a real winner, to sit here and post on topix. Please get off welfare and get a job

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