- 8 years ago
- Wedding: December 1969
So, my dear mother-in-law e-mailed me a couple of weeks ago telling me to pick a weekend in July for her to travel the 250+ miles to our home and help me organize our garage (this is one of my conditions for having children–an organized home!). So, I told her July 10th weekend would be perfect and we’d love to have her help.
I decided at that point that we should get ahead of the game and finally have a storage shed built in our backyard for the lawnmower and such so that the husband’s fancy car can make its way back into the garage. Great ideas, right?!!?
Well, the shed is scheduled to be built TODAY. Earlier this week my husband hired a company to come grind down a stump in our backyard where we plan to put the shed. They agreed to our time constraints and even suggested a few other things we should have done before the shed is built to save some money and frustration. Sweet. This was working out great!
So, everything with the trees was supposed to be done by the time we got home from work at 4 yesterday. To my disappointment, no one had been there. So, we did what any good consumer does and we called. They said they’d be there at 5. Well, the husband and I had a meeting with our financial advisor (whoop, go 401Ks and life insurance!), so we couldn’t be there to supervise. After our meeting and running some errands, we made it home at 7:30. I was pretty excited because I could see that the mammoth maple tree in our backyard had been trimmed down substantially which lead me to believe that the work had been completed.
They came and trimmed the maple tree that DID NOT NEED TRIMMING and left the damn stump. WHAT?!?! The ONE thing that I HAD to have done by this morning to be able to have my storage shed built is not done. The stump is still there, taunting me as I type this.
So, I had my husband, at 7:30 PM, call the trimming people and give them the WTF is going on speech. Here’s the kicker (ya know, besides the fact that they’d be there and done some work, but not even the work we needed done), the guy was a total lunatic on the phone. My husband explained to him that having the stump taken care of was our primary concern and the fact that it was not done left us in a really horrible situation. He proceeded to get rude with my husband and said he’d be there tomorrow morning (today) between 8 and 10. WHAT?!?
The ENTIRE reason we hired this goon was because he could get it done BEFORE today!!!!!!
So, the angry wife (me) gets on the phone. I explained to him that this project was my doing and that I had no intentions of letting this go unsettled. I expressed to him that I was incredibly disappointed in the service and that we would have to discuss damages if he did not make it to my home by 7:30 on Friday morning.
My husband is leaving work this morning (we came in at 5..eww!) to go to our house and make sure that everything is happening as it should. The people building the shed are really nice people and I’m sure they’d be ok with having to postpone, but this is ridiculous and I wanted it done before my mother-in-law got here so she could help me fill it up!
Just for fun, I’m uploading a picture of our backyard. We replaced the fence because that one was older than me and my husband put together and the stump in question used to be that evergreen tree. We would’ve left it, but it was on its way to dead anyhow and was damaging the fence. We thought it was fortitious that there is just enough space between the fence and the maple tree (the leaf-less one) to put a shed there.
That’s what we get for thinking I guess!!!
So, sorry this is so long, but I wanted to express to all of the ladies in the hive that bad vendors are everywhere and thank your lucky stars that you’re learning this early (as in while you’re planning your wedding) so that as you grow and mature and take on more life projects, you’ll learn how to avoid mistakes as they come along!!
I’ll post again later and let you know if my shed gets built today…shed or not, the garage WILL get organized this weekend!!