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Jul 31, 2020 11:39AM
Ladies thank you for the caring support. I really appreciate a forum where I can post and not be judged when having a "bad" day and I've had my share lately. I would not wish them on anyone else but would really like a break from "bad news".
Having your house restored brings daily challenges, some a mere bump and others a near crisis. It's also a man's world so sometimes getting your point across (they really are not in to the aesthetics at times) requires the ability to go toe to toe and making oneself heard. They do not realize that my Dad insisted that I learn basic home DIY skills such as installing curtain rods that remain attached to the wall (unlike my BIL whose rods fell out within 15 minutes of the curtains being hung), changing a tire (today the lug nuts are on too tight for me to do it), painting a room, etc. and his gift to me when I went off to nursing school was a tool box that my classmates thought was funny until they needed its contents. I also learned a lot from my DB who is a general contractor and did a lot of the major renovations in my house such as kitchen, baths and refinishing the entire basement into office and entertainment areas. So I watched and also learned other skills. He is a perfectionist and once redid a corner on the crown molding 5 times before he was satisfied.
Part of this was a lively discussion about a change in the punch list over a ceiling replacement. What they had written in the contract was being changed to another solution which was much cheaper and less labor intensive. So I called them on it and asked for the price differential. The difference they quoted was shortchanging me by over a thousand dollars so I asked for their new calculation and subtracted it from the original quote to get what I was due. What annoys me is they were not upfront about the cost savings so if I did not catch it, they would have charged the previous full quote, done the substitution as they saw fit, and no one would have been the wiser. I did tell them I am using their punch list as my punch list and will call them on every deviation. So the credit will be applied to the larger gutters we requested.
As far as the rug, their answer made no sense since the rug was only partially under the queen bed. They had to remove the mattress, box springs and frame which were over the rug but they were discarded undamaged. They claimed the rug was wet so what did it matter? Well, the rug could have been dried and cleaned if intact according to the rug dealer who gave us an estimate on the ruins. To add insult to injury, they never told me they cut up the rug. I found it in pieces on the driveway and had a meltdown. You cannot believe the items my DD and SIL retrieved from the dumpster that were randomly discarded in their "clean out". No rhyme nor reason to discarding an intact gift that had been on the dresser and many other intact items. We were not here to supervise the "clean out" but should have been allowed to do so since the items they discarded had no value attached to them. They were instructed to "toss" so they did.
Due to code regulations we were made to install 2 egress windows in the master bedroom, they are huge and on the exterior wall over the steepest part of our lawn. It is meant for fire personnel entry and not for us to exit the house. So this meant having to figure out if the furniture would have to be rearranged, seeing if the overhead lights layout would then have to be reconfigured, whether curtain rods would fit above them, etc. and this is all in a shell of a room. Hard to make decisions and to visualize when there are only joists and rafters and no finished walls or ceilings.
I just had to have the electrician reposition overhead lights because he visited prior to the dismantling of the room and when there was still some structure to the room. So his configuration was based on those measurements and not the new structure. Only a minor blip but it means he has to move 3 of the 4 lights he had installed. So I am hoping once we have a ceiling in, they are in the correct position. Two were over the bed so with no bed, again hard to visualize.
My DS will bring lunch from Chik Fil A so that's a plus and a chance to see him makes it even better. Talking on the phone just doesn't cut it. Have a good weekend to all.
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