We must be doing fine

I’ve stumbled across an economic indicator that analysts and experts never mention. And if the indicator is accurate, the economy must be doing well.

Car sales, holiday shopping, interest rates, clients requesting custom work – these are all indicators of how the economy is doing. I’ve discovered another, which I’ll illustrate with four very recent examples.

1) I need some remodeling work beyond my abilities and called a contractor who came over, made some great suggestions and took a lot of notes. He said he’d get back to me in a couple days with an estimate and time frame for the job. After not hearing anything I contacted him. He’d decided not to do my job after all, but couldn’t be bothered to call and let me know.

2) I also need some minor electrical work done. I don’t do electricity, so I called an electrical contractor recommended by a neighbor. They took my number and info but I didn’t hear back. Called them a second time, they took my info once more and I waited for a return call. Nothing.

3) I called a second electrical contractor and had the exact same experience.

4) We have an issue with one of our garage doors involving that big torsion spring. I don’t know a lot about garage-door repair, but the one thing I do know is that the torsion spring is definitely not a DIY project. I called a garage repair place. They took my info and number and, again, I just never heard back from them.

When the economy is bad, nobody turns down jobs no matter the size. At the very least, efficient communications – the most basic being a simple call back – are essential to earning a living when times are tough.

Based on my experiences lately I can only assume the economy is really, really good right now.



  • ralph boumenot says:

    Wow. Even with a good economy those experiences are unbelievable. I wonder if they will call back if the economy heads south again?

  • From being a past contractor(retired), not all contractors follow these listed tradesmen. In my working days most of the small jobs were treated as an introduction to my business. I never refused a job and made point of it to other clients as scheduling. Contractors that would do this in my experience had no experience to do small work. They probably did the homeowner a favor by not accepting the job. Building new construction as a home is easiest. Small renovations sometimes you had to go into your bag of tricks.

  • Lou Olivio says:

    I am a handyman here on the west coast of Florida and I have never had to advertise my business because of companies like what you have explained above. Many of my clients have had the same problem. They told me that they were surprised that I showed up when I said that I would. (I show up even during hunting season) lol…

    Anyway, I guess I have a lot to thank those companies for, because I stay very busy.

  • Michael F. says:

    I ran into the same issue with electrical contractors recently. At least half of all the electricians I contacted couldn’t be bothered to even return my phone call. The other half responded reasonably. I’ve also had the same issue with roofers, driveway asphalt people, and plumbers.

    We woodworkers seem to be a better lot!

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