I have been holding onto some money because I need repair work done to my home and I need it done soon. We were going to get it done last year, but couldn’t get enough money together and I really didn’t want to take out a cash advance check from our credit cards. So, we put it off until this year.
I called a company that has done work for us before, since we were happy with them and we tend to be pretty loyal once we find a company we know and trust – even if that means paying a little bit more for contracted work (versus hiring a handiman). I felt quite embarassed calling them this year – because they are the same ones that we called last year and we ended up not doing it. I received the answering machine when I called, so I left a message. In it, I said that we just couldn’t come up with the funds last year. It’s hard to admit something like that.
I never heard back from them. I could have called again, but I just took it as them being upset because we backed out last year. I would understand if that was the case.
So, I called someone else I knew that is a handiman, but has never done work for us before. He gave me some homework and said to call him back. A few days later, I called him back and got his answering machine. So, I left a message.
A few weeks later, no call back. I’ve tried calling, but time and time again I would get the answering machine. I haven’t left another message (I know, that’s bad of me – I just really dislike them).
Yesterday, I saw the first person I called. They just ended up being real busy and haven’t called me back. I would have preferred a quick message to say that they received my message and they aren’t upset because I didn’t get the work done last year – but that’s okay. They are pretty booked until November, but my repair could be done then.
Throw into the mix my father-in-law. He is a retired carpenter and he says he can do our repairs and he really wants to do them. It would be a big trip for him to come to our home, so we’ve been trying to talk him out of it.
What I told the first person I called is the information about my father-in-law. I didn’t mention about the handiman I had called, but haven’t heard from again. I wanted to, but it wouldn’t come out because I felt bad for calling someone else. I felt horrible.
I haven’t even gotten to the kicker yet of this story….
The first company I called and the handiman are related!!!!!!!!
Why it took so long for my brain to remember this little fact is beyond me. Now, I feel REALLY embarassed.
Now, I technically didn’t lie to the first person I called. I just omitted the part about calling the handiman. If I had heard back from him, I would have, though since it would have been a done deal. But I haven’t heard from him. Perhaps they both know I have contacted each of them?
I just want my repairs done 🙁
I also sorta feel like hiding under a rock for a while…