Why A Contractor Might Not Follow Up

If you want to get your house worked on, you should have a well-trained contractor on your side. While true, it’s often hard to get your plumbing or heating worked on as you may have to talk to multiple contractors. Often, they will back out. Other times, they will never return after the first visit. With this in mind, here are four reasons why a contractor might not follow up.

Too small of a Job

Now, if you have a small house and you want to get work done, you may struggle, especially if you live in an area where the economy is booming. Think about it, if you want your heater fixed in a one bedroom apartment, you are not going to give your contractor a lot of business. In reality, he or she may go to a company that will provide hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in income. There is nothing you can do about this, and a smart consumer should go out of his or her way to find a company offering jobs to clients who have small houses. Otherwise, when doing so, one will struggle to get their house worked on.

Better Opportunities

As mentioned, contractors are in it for the money, and you must understand this if you get an estimate. Yes, often, when giving an estimate, a contractor will be in the neighborhood to check out, and bid on, other jobs. When doing so, it’s easy to overlook your house as they can make money on another job. This is certainly harder if you live in a nice neighborhood where people own expensive houses. To combat this, you should ask the contractor when he or she will return to do the job. Remember, while they are under no obligation to take the job, you can help your cause greatly if you understand that he or she may be busy.


Let’s face it, if you are a contractor, you are a busy person who runs all around the city, and maybe you even run around the state. To stay on top of things, most contractors have a phone, and some even have a computer. However, if you want to really keep things in order as a contractor, you must understand that you will have a problem doing so if you are busy. For this reason, if you hire a contractor, you must understand that he or she may be extremely busy, and a quick follow-up phone call may help you get things in order.

Too Complicated

Finally, if you have a house or a business location and you want something worked on, it may be complicated. For starters, if you have a heating or plumbing issue that is hard to fix, you may watch as the potential contractor heads to a simple job. Think about this scenario for a second. If a person wants to make money, he or she will want to take on easy jobs, so they may not take on your job if they are too busy with other ones that are more simple and easier to take on.

In the end, if you want to hire a contractor, you should always call him or her back. When doing so, you can avoid issues and make sure they return to complete the job.

Charlie Teschner started MESA Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling in 1982. Charlie has a journeyman and master plumber’s license. He was raised with a strong work ethic and he now applies those values to tasks such as Longmont, CO heating repair.