Contractors who won't call you back. We moved to a rural area and bought a house in April. The house is 40ish years old, and while sound, does need a little attention. We're turning a room off the kitchen into a laundry room - the existing laundry space under the stairs is not big enough for modern appliances. The upstairs bathtub faucet doesn't work, and due to the old plumbing, it's a bit beyond DH's amateur skills. And the garage has a lot of wiring done by the previous owner, and it's creative, to say the least. So there's probably a day's work for a plumber and a day's work for an electrician.
I've called multiple electricians, including some recommended by coworkers and other contractors, and no one will call me back. I've talked to one plumber, who did finally come out to look at the job 6 weeks after I originally called him, but hasn't corresponded with me since. I get that these are one man shops; they don't have an office staff taking messages and coordinating things. I also understand that there's a short construction season here, and they have to get in all the big jobs they possibly can before things essentially shut down for the winter. But can't somebody just please call me and say, 'I won't be able to do anything until November 15th'? I could live with that. But this is making me insane. My dryer sits in the middle of the kitchen. I can't take a bath, my favorite stress reliever, because the downstairs bathroom only has a shower. DH can't proceed with his plans to make a man cave/workshop in the garage, because we don't trust the wiring to not explode when he plugs in his power tools, and we don't want to put in walls until the electric is sorted. I just want to give someone money!