Having refurbished a 100 year old house up north, one would think that I would have been clear on how frustrating contractors are - but somehow I had managed to block that out. I recently closed on a house in the Fort Worth area. I had settled on a pool company out of Weatherford TX to come and remove blue paint, replaster, do a bit of work on the decking, install a switch on the pump so it will come on if it gets too cold, figure out a light that isn't coming on, and address a leak with some of the piping at the pump. They came recommended from several independent sources and were quick to get out to get me a bid. Now it has been 3 weeks that I have been waiting to meet with them to pick a plaster color, and I have called twice to remind them since my initial call to them saying that I want to get it done now, but I haven't heard back from them about a time that we can meet to pick a color and sign a contract.
So, friends suggested another pool company on the other side of the metroplex. Just getting into the plastering stuff (pool equipment folks), but they sub it out to a good plaster guy, they are hungry, and personal friends of a friend - hey, maybe that will work. Sent them a bunch of measurements and pictures for a bid, never heard back.
Called the local in town guys even though everyone had warned me that they would be super expensive. Small town rumors sometimes hold some truth - they are about 20% to 25% higher than my other bids.
I really want to get this pool addressed sooner rather than later. Does anyone have a suggestion for a good place to call in my area? I am wondering if I am being ignored because the job is too small? I don't know the gallons of the pool, it is about 95 feet around and about 9 feet deep end, 3 1/2 foot shallow end. I want to buy some kind of a cleaning system (probably a robot) and will buy that from the plaster company if they sell, so there is that as well.
Between trying to get someone out to plaster and someone out to fence, I am frustrated enough to scream. Thanks for any recommendations!