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Old 06-07-2007, 10:24 PM
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I have lived in numerous areas of the country and have never experienced the lack of contractor professionalism as what I've witnessed in the SLC Valley. I've called companies numerous times for information and quotes on landscape, concrete, decks, and other home services. One out of 7 eventually returns a call, but never follows up with the appointment. If they do make the appointment, I have to call day after day to get the promised proposal. After 3 months, I have yet to receive a proposal.

Friends and neighbors that have been successful getting a contractor, haven't gotten what was proposed. Of course the contractor warranty is worthless.

I'm sure there must be one or two good contractors out there, but they have to be booked for the next 10 years.
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Old 06-07-2007, 11:24 PM
Location: draper, utah
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welcome to the building boom. prices have gone up as well. didnt used to be like this. but there is just too much work for too few workers.

i have a client that called 19 landscapers. 3 even wanted to bid. one showed up to the appointment. he is 45 days out.

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Old 06-07-2007, 11:46 PM
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This is a result of the housing boom. I just moved from another state where the same thing happened during the construction boom. Couldn't get calls returned, quotes were through the roof, people never showed up when they said they would.

When it started to slow down, I started getting calls from contractors I had spoken to a year earlier wanting to know if I was still interested in the "___" job I had inquired about previously. And, they were offering discounts on their work!

I don't know how urgent your work is, but if you can wait, you might be in a better position in a year from now. Housing permits here have decreased, inventory is growing, and things will start to slow down.

Or, if you are in a new neighborhood, you might want to go talk to the subcontractors that are working on other homes and see if they'll do a side job for you. For landscaping and such, if you can buy the supplies, just hire the workers at an hourly rate to help you do the labor. That's what we ended up doing. (Actually saved a lot of money too.)
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