Things move more slowly in a small town. But when it comes to getting some work done at the house, they’re at a virtual crawl.
Our friend Jenn, who lives in London, recently ran into a similar situation while trying to upgrade a bathroom to make it safe for her Grandma who uses a walker. Phone calls weren’t returned. Her situation is urgent and frustrating.
So, what’s a Wallaceburger to do?
One problem is a shortage of qualified tradespeople. The owner of the Miracle Method franchise in London has closed shop and I suspect it’s partly due to a complaint he shared with me. He couldn’t find qualified people to work for him. He went to Fanshawe and trade schools and tried to find good employees but it was always a struggle.
The Handyman Connection seemed like a good idea, until we actually used the service. I convinced my brother to call them to get some repairs done at our parents’ home. THC is a network of supposedly experienced and professional trades-people but they scraped the bottom of the barrel to get the guy who did the work. He was sloppy, apathetic and rude. Perhaps he was just a bad apple but he soured us on the service.
It appears this is a trend that will take years to reverse. David Gough, writing in his Courier Press editorial, makes a great case for young people to go into a trade instead of, for example, taking on the debt of a university degree. Skilled, eager tradespeople will almost always have work. People are waiting and ready to hire them. I can think of a plumber who could make some money right now if they’d just commit to hanging out in our shower a little while and moving the plumbing for us!