M and I are endeavoring to get some work done on our home, specifically replacing the pool deck, RV driveway, and pouring an additional concrete pad that connects the two. As we envision it, the end result will be a large concrete area where we can (1) park cars behind the fence, and (2) have a functional outdoor space for socializing and entertaining. We live in California and our winters are typically mild. We could put a firepit onto the expanded pool deck and comfortably enjoy the outdoor space right now.
This has been a planned project since we purchased our home 3 years ago. In 2013 we did the pool resurfacing, and 2015 is the year for the concrete extension. We have received our first estimate and would like to get 2 or 3 more from other contractors before making a decision. We were at the large local home show in January and made contact with several contractors, but I have yet to get a single one to return my phone calls in the 2 weeks since.
This project is not a tiny or small job. If they said “hey, we’re swamped and booked out for 3 weeks, can I call you back mid-February” I would have understood and been okay with it. But what I get it voice mail and no call back. Or I get someone on the phone who asks me to text my information and they will call me back, which I do and then … crickets. It’s giving me a complex.
So I am starting again from scratch and calling a new batch of concrete guys and landscape contractors in hopes of better results. I really wanted to get this work done by the end of March, yet I cannot even get estimates scheduled for February. Ugh. I think my expectations are too lofty. Either that or the local economy for concrete and landscaping contractors is far better than I realized.