Well, I've got a couple of projects that I am working on at my house to start with my remodel. I've got one going one inside, and one going on outside. My big master bathroom inside, which is coming along nicely. I've pretty much gotten everything done that I can do myself. Now I need to hire someone to retile the top of my garden size bathtub and the wall around it, and do some custom painting for me. Outside I'm looking for someone to do some excavating work leveling some land, taking down some small trees, brush, etc., so I can get a privacy fence built between me and my neighbors (long story).
Here's the problem I'm having. I really like to help people out. And when I decided I was going to do all this work, I decided I wanted to use people from my own community who needed and wanted to work. Not big companies, but individual people who had maybe been layed off from their jobs and needed work to support their families. So I picked up our County want ads paper where people post miscellaneous stuff like handyman ads, construction workers, electricians, all looking for work. Along with yard sales, puppies, stuff for sale, that type of stuff. I wanted to hire these people and give them work. So anyway, everytime I call someone, they are all enthusiastic on the phone, but then they either show up two hours late for the estimate, or don't show up at all. Or they do the estimate, and I like them and check their references, ask them to do the job, and they never come back. WTF? I'm so frustrated. These people say they want to work, and they need to work, and I'm trying to give them work, but once again, WTF???
I guess I'll keep trying because I really do want to help put money back into my own community and help someone who needs it. Maybe I just haven't found the right people yet. But it really is frustrating.