I agree with the woman in the bank who said most tradesmen go on a special training course where they learn how to look customers directly in the eye and lie about when work will be finished. Yes, due to some particularly efficient trainees our deadline is receeding fast. We are now just 11 days from our original finishing time of 30th November. I want to laugh hysterically when I remember that the plan was to have the house ready for let by this date- decorated, furnished and ready to show. I know I’ve been asking for a miracle but nothing short of one is going to bring this project in on time.
The main problem continues to be the main builder – but much worse we’ve discovered his real links to the other tradespeople he recommended to us which we subsequently used. They all have the same ethos and work on joint projects which are similarly running over time (and as a result I suspect) over budget.
We are now having disputes about the spec of some of the work. Lesson here Predencia – get it in writing, and if the spec changes by agreement after the initial one – get that down in writing too. A couple of these guys are as slippery as eels. The drainage contractor who got the work in September is now saying he may not be able to finish by the end of the month. He promised to start on 8th November using 4 men to complete in a week. After a week and a half with just one man he will only now commit to the work being completed…..but wouldn’t say when. Aggggh!!
We’ve had some good experiences though. The tilers are proving very reliable and sticking to their quoted prices; the plumbers were in and out in a flash Thursday, Friday and Saturday(though sadly they had to return this morning because of a leak in the bathroom that soaked the brand new kitchen ceiling) but they were pleasant and stuck to their quoted time and price and will put right any lasting damage from the leak.
We finally got an electrician. We were estactic – competent and ….not turning up when he says he will – completely screwing up our schedule. I still have hair – but only just. I’ve been making time for meditation – otherwise I’d be bald by now.
I’m still optimistic that some miracle will work for us and that we’ll have the property ready for showing before Christmas or am I just being stupid?