Where Did They Go?
We’ve been having some trouble getting some of our smaller tasks done, because our usual sources of contract workers are no longer as reliable as they once were. One day this week, Carol spent a whole day trying to get the right person to fix an air conditioning issue on a project. The wrong person said they’d done it and wanted payment, but the unit actually wasn’t fixed. The person we’d asked to go to the location had never showed up. Another guy wasn’t answering the phone. And the one we like best had recently been yelled at by another contractor and was hesitant to go out. SIGH. (Details have been slightly changed here.)
One reason that we, along with others in this line of work, are finding qualified subcontractors hard to find is that a lot of people have headed over to east and south Texas to get good work repairing hurricane damage. We certainly don’t begrudge folks in great need from getting their houses repaired, but in the short run, we may expect to find people with certain skills (like drywall!) harder to find.