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Question DetailsAsked on 5/23/2011

Does a man's voice make a difference for contractor estimates?

I have called to get written estimates for my driveway. We had damage from a water main leak back in January and then freezing temps. It is going on four months and we still haven't got the city insurance issue resolved. They will pay for some of it. I can't believe no one wants the business. It has been two weeks and not one will come out to measure and submit an estimate. I will have my husband call next week to see if a man's voice will make any difference.

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Sounds very frustrating for you.

"It is going on four months and we still haven't got the city insurance issue resolved. They will pay for some of it." Could this be part of the difficulty? Do you think contractors are leery of the payment situation? Or is that not an issue?

I would say to keep calling around. Unfortunately some contractors - mainly men with no interpersonal skills - are less respectful of women customers. But I'd say that if you're going to be the one dealing with them, then you should find one who respects you and will listen to you. Keep calling contractors who are listed on Angie's List and let them know that's how you found them. All you need is one contractor to do the job.

I do know how aggravating it is to have a job you need done, to be willing to pay for it, and to not be able to find anyone who is willing to do it. They all seem to have better things to do. I wonder sometimes how any of them stay in business.

Good luck and let us know how this develops.

Answered 7 years ago by Commonsense




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