Ok. For months now, Tom and I have toyed with these ideas:
1.) We desperately need a closet built in Tom's room (took us three years to figure that would be the best solution). I'd show you a picture of his room, but you'd call Adult Protection Services on us. Heh. He designed a closet on graph paper, but that's as far as it's gotten.
2.) We want nylon Berber carpet installed in our living room and office. The cheap carpet that was already here is looking embarrassingly-bad. We had a quality Berber in our other suburb house and it still looked new after 11 years. And yes, everybody nowadays is all wild about wood flooring, but when we had that out at the farm, Tom constantly had to wear shoes lest he slip. And well, that's not really fair to him.
Oh, and installing new carpet will involve hiring a moving company to move and store our furniture for a day or two. Alas.
3.) We need three sets of tall white bookcases for our office. We know exactly what we want and wouldn't mind (too much) buying new ones which need to be assembled, but we'd rather hire someone to put them together for us.
4.) We'd like a new (larger) bathroom vanity installed.
5..) We'd like a real door put at the top of our basement stairs with a cat door installed in it (there's an accordion door there now).
These are ideas we've had for (what feels like) forever and after months and months of searching online for solutions and people to help us, we're still sitting here closet-less, new carpet-less, bookcase-less, larger vanity-less and basement door-less.
It's quite annoying, really.
So today I got to thinking: Is it possible to hire someone to take charge of all these projects? Someone who'll hire the necessary people to get them done? Someone who can find good deals for us? Someone who can help us poor ol' procrastinating slugs get these things done before another long Buffalo winter bears down on us?
Someone like a decorator, but not really a decorator? We don't need decorating ideas, but rather, someone who will do our dirty work for us, like lining up workers and deals and the order in which things should be done, etc. Maybe an organization expert, even though we don't need additional organization ideas?
Gah. What do you call someone who does those things? Or are they even out there?
And that is my question: What is the name of someone who swoops in and saves the day for you? Someone you just keep handing money over to to do what you can't? I need an actual title so that I'll know what kind of a person to look up online.
I know at least one of you smart people will be able to answer this question and save us from getting a bit too close to that Uh-Oh!-We're-Feeling-Too-Overwhelmed-To-Do-Anything-So-Let's-Do-Nothing queasiness. (And boy do I hate that feeling!)
In other words...... Helllllp! :)
Oh, and please don't suggest just going on Craig's List or Angie's List or Home Advisor for each needed fix. We've already spent endless hours at each place. (And yes, we're pretty pathetic.) :) Again, we need the title of a person who'll do all that for us.
Over at Facebook I've gotten suggestions for a general contractor, which I did consider earlier, but wondered if these jobs would be too small, especially during this busy time of year. Maybe contact a couple and see if later in the season would work out?
Or maybe contact a former general contractor who's more of a handyman/carpenter now? Hmm....
Please keep the ideas coming!