Sunday, August 21, 2016

How to Get Work Done When Contractors Are Busy: Part 1

All you have to do is drive down a couple of streets in Athens to see house after house having some sort of work being done to them. I’m in the industry and I’m still astounded at how many new construction and remodeling projects are going on. It’s no secret that good contractors and tradespeople are busy these days. A recent Harvard study shows that the size of the remodeling industry in 2015 has reached pre-recession peak levels from 2007.

Have you tried calling a contractor to get a project done and they either won’t return your phone call, or can’t get to your project for 8 months, or take a couple days returning your call or email? How in the world can you get something done without losing your mind-or your cool? Maybe you just want a single room painted, or you need a new front door, or a new dining room light fixture installed, a small exterior repair done or maybe you have a whole house remodel project you want to have done. Today we will explore a couple of tips and tricks for getting a project done, no matter how large or small.

First, recognize you are not their only client. I know, this is hard. I mean, you are paying them after all! There are many people, just like you, who have been in the contractors queue a long time before you. If you want to work with quality people, you may have to wait a little while.

We will explore several more tips in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, are you in the middle of a project or just beginning to think about doing a project? Do you have any advice or questions? Email me at

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