After living in the US for many years, I've been somewhat disappointed at how difficult it sometimes can be to get work done on my house here in SW England. There have been several times when I've tried to get plumbing, electrical, and other work done: I've called firms and tradespeople, only to be told they are too busy. A couple of times contractors have come out, quoted me a job, and then failed to actually turn up and do the work. Or, most recently, a fellow came out to look at a small fencing job. Told me he'd send me a quote. A week later, nothing. I'm just not used to this. I always offer to pay 100% on completion. Make deposits if needed. Make arrangements so the tradesperson has parking, etc. And I don't think I've ever quibbled over a quoted price. Now, granted none of my jobs have been emergencies. It's not like my boiler had stopped working, or there was water streaming out of a busted pipe. But I would have thought a non-emergency job, where I let the tradesperson do the work at his or her schedule, would have been desirable. I've got a couple of projects I'd really like to get done on my house. I'd like to install a wall-hung bidet toilet in one of the bathrooms, and I'd like to add a hose tap and electrical outlet in my back garden. I have a "mental budget" of a couple thousand pounds for these projects. I know they are beyond my abilities for a DIY approach. But I'm wary of getting disappointed by trades that just don't seem that interested in doing any sort of work that isn't an emergency or part of a massive construction project. Any suggestions on how I can achieve better results, or what I might be doing wrong?