Doing business here in the good ol' state of VT is not like anywhere else in the world. You'd just better have all your winter preparations done long in advance of hunting season, because all the guys seem to disappear into the woods for a couple of weeks.. and they may, or may not, it depends, remember that they were going to do some work.
True story - I hired a guy to fix the hole in my back bedroom ceiling.. two (2) years ago. He showed up a few times, did some patching, said he'd be back to finish the texture of the ceiling in a few days.. then he left, drop cloth draped all over the room. I have never heard from him since. No idea what the hell happened. Maybe a barn fell on him. Maybe he moved to Belize. Not a clue. To be fair, since funds were low at the time, I didn't call him either.
but. the ceiling is still not finished.