Strug­gling to get good ser­vice

Gatton Star - - NEWS | OPINION -

TWO years ago we moved into our new house at Plain­land and have since been try­ing to get tradies to come around to do a few jobs for us.

Look­ing at sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity we de­cided that we would use lo­cal com­pa­nies that are ad­ver­tis­ing their ser­vices in the lo­cal pa­per.

We started with con­tact­ing sev­eral con­creters think­ing that they were seek­ing the work.

With a 20-me­tre long drive­way we didn’t think it would be any prob­lems to get some­one in for a quote to give us an idea of the costs and to have them start the work.

Over the past year we have con­tacted six ad­ver­tised con­creters from the area and so far we are still wait­ing for a sin­gle one of them to show up to have a look at the task ahead.

To add to this, we also tried to con­tact sev­eral air-con­di­tion­ing in­stall­ers ad­ver­tis­ing in the lo­cal pa­per to get an idea of what type of air-con­di­tion­ing would be suitable for our house and to in­stall the units.

Once again we tried to use lo­cal busi­nesses and so far we have had one per­son come in to mea­sure and we are still wait­ing for the quote to ar­rive.

And it is the same story for our fenc­ing.

What we fail to un­der­stand is, if th­ese tradies are too busy not to be able to take on any lo­cal work then why are they ad­ver­tis­ing? They ob­vi­ously don’t need the work.

We have since de­cided that we would look at trades­men from Bris­bane to do the work and this has proven to be more suc­cess­ful than spend­ing money to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses.

The only com­pany that has never failed to show up is Lai­d­ley Land­scap­ing and I would rec­om­mend his work.

So, if you are in need of work around your prop­erty, I would strongly rec­om­mend any home own­ers around the Lock­yer area not to waste your time con­tact­ing the lo­cal busi­nesses as you will find that you will re­ceive faster and more prompt re­sponse from trades­men out of the district.

It may cost a lit­tle more but in the end you will get what you need.

— Jo­bick Le Gall,


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