The rehab on House #9 is coming along slowly but surely. Unfortunately the emphasis on that is on S-L-O-W-L-Y. There really hasn’t been any major problems to cause a delay…no repair surprises, materials delay, bad weather, budget problems…none of that. It just turns out to be one of those contractor-just-does-not-show-up-to-work cases!
This is unfortunate and a bit embarrassing to report here because you would think that by this point I should know better. No, they haven’t been perfect in the past and I don’t expect them to be but without a doubt they have dropped the ball on this one. What’s more troubling is their continued lack of regard for our contractually agreed upon schedule.
Because of their lack of explanation I have to assume my project is not necessarily a priority. But when all is said and done this is really my fault. I hired them and I allowed them to work at this pace, in other words I did not fire them.
I have reasons (excuses, too) as to why I did this. After all, the work they have done has been done right (most of the time). I also figure that at this point it might take longer to find and hire someone new. And since I am already running out of daylight hours to deal with this rehab (I can only do this on nights and weekends) I sucked it up…
As far as the rehab itself I would say we are about 80-85% complete with the entire project. You might want to review the scope of work and budget so you can see everything that needed to be done.
Our progress so far:
- All exterior trim and siding repairs
- new fence
- extensive drywall repairs
- rough plumbing
- paint inside and out
- new roof
- new HVAC
- replaced all doors
- replaced deck footings and supports
- installed hardwood floors on part of main level
|Do you think this meets |
code? Just kidding...
There were some items that I did not hire the contractor to do, basically because I could not afford to on the budget I have for this house. Those items I hired myself and managed myself and they are now done as of this last Saturday. They are, all cabinetry, countertops, all paint, fireplace repair, some landscaping, new windows and all final electrical finishing (fixtures, switches, outlets, etc.).
The tile surround for one of the showers got done last week and I am still waiting on GC (of course) to do the other shower, installations of sinks and final plumbing installations. Once they are done and out of the way I will install the carpet and do final punch out items, final cleaning and staging.
Needless to say there are lessons learned here for you and me. I will share those in the next post. But I am curious...what would you have done in my shoes or if you have had a similar experience dealing with contractors? Feel free to leave a comment below…
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