Sunday, June 18, 2017

Why Does It Take So Long?

We have several projects we've been trying to do around the place that depend on companies to get them done...a built-in cabinet, a walkway around the sides and back of the house, painting walls, electrical work.

I'm not sure if it's because the projects are small, but it seems incredibly hard these days to get work done. A lot of you are having the same problem too! I've been reading about your frustration, so I know it's not just where we live.

Here's how it seems to work in Texas: The company signs a contact agreement, you pay them 1/2 down and the other 1/2 when the project is completed. 

In the case of the cabinet, we want it to block off this arched opening between our dining room and entryway.

Back in early March, we first met with a cabinet company to have a built-in cabinet created and installed. We gave them a check (as a deposit) for half the total cost, and we were told 3 weeks to get it done

When I was still excited, I wrote about it HERE on April 17th, around the time the cabinet was to be installed.

We've waited, and waited, and waited some more. Finally last Wednesday, at the end of that particular rope, we marched into the shop expecting another runaround. We planned to cancel the project so it really didn't matter anymore.  

We are so used to being put off, that I was floored when they said they had loaded the pieces of the cabinet into a trailer the day before and "...would Monday at 8 a.m. be good for us?" They even took us out to the trailer to see the pieces of the cabinet ready to be installed.

My question is, what's going on? Where are all the companies that know how to schedule their work and run their crews? If you have any insight please share it with us. 

And won't you cross your fingers for us? That 3 weeks has been some very long months, but tomorrow might just be the day our cabinet gets installed!

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. I know what you mean, it's hard to get anything done. In the past Mac did most of our work, but we're older now and though he thinks, and he's probably right, he can still do them, I won't let him. We have a friend who usually does most of our heavier work, but he had an operation and he's out of commission for awhile. I think we've found someone to clean our gutters and that's the last job we have for a while.

  2. Glad it is (apparently) going to be a reality for you tomorrow! I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

  3. Good luck. It's like no one wants the work after they have bid on it. I think who ever comes in with the biggest project, they work on that and put off the little guys.

    Hope you get it installed on Monday. Looking forward to seeing your cabinet.


  4. It does seem harder to get things done. I hope Monday morning finds them at your door. xo Laura

  5. I do think people don't like to take on the small jobs.
    We are fortunate that Ken can do all these things himself. : )

  6. Praying that the work has finally been done. It seems to be a worldwide problem.

  7. How I feel for you as I know this can be so frustrating! Hopefully you'll be cabineted today! Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. I hope it is installed now! I think this tends to be the case, and it works the same way in this state. It should be probably a little bit up front less for more incentive, but maybe half is the cost of materials and that would explain it. xoox Su

  9. I would be completely aggravated with them but thank goodness they are ready to install it for you. I hope they came today and got it installed and I know you'll share pictures as soon as you can! It sounds like they overbook themselves and once they get the deposit they figure the customer will wait. It's hard to find quality workers these days.

  10. Hi Sugar, I know it can be difficult to find good help these days that follow through with their contracts on a timely basis. So glad they are going to begin your install soon. I hope all goes well!! Thank you for stopping by. I am trying to catch up from a very busy week. Have a great evening and week ahead. xo

  11. Running out of artisans. Young people don't want this kind of work. They are ALL urged to go to college not learn a trade. That's why so many companies depend on immigrants.

  12. Never settle for second-best. It sounds like you don't.