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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-30-10 03:01 PM
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3. You have some love from me! Have remodeled many houses
and had the best, the not so good and even less good contractors. Last contractor
wasn't supervising his supervisor--I was--and it drove me nuts! I had one contractor who was so good (not cheap, either) that when I moved from Missouri to Nebraska I paid for the contractor to come up and work on the new house--and put him up in town! It was worth every damn penny. I had no complaints. None.

If it's any consolation, now we are building a house to replace the one that burned down almost 3 years ago. I didn't want to do it--but it's impossible to sell a lot right now where we live--so we're taking advantage of loving our location to build our 'aging in place' home. The architect is the builder--and his brother and wife are in the company--and so far, so good. Some minor issues with their construction
supervisor, but the brother has been on the job supervising this week while steel beams were being set to support the house.

Yes, an agreement is an agreement. Stick to your guns and make them get it right.


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  -Contractors at my house. I need some DU love! hamsterjill  Jul-30-10 11:22 AM   #0 
  - I feel for you. Here is a big hug.  sammytko   Jul-30-10 12:01 PM   #1 
  - It is a positive thing that you know about construction!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 12:07 PM   #2 
  - My mom had a guy like that  LibertyLover   Jul-31-10 10:54 AM   #31 
  - You have some love from me! Have remodeled many houses  mnhtnbb   Jul-30-10 03:01 PM   #3 
  - Thanks for the love and good luck with your project!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 03:25 PM   #6 
  - if they were nice people, they wouldn't be contractors  pitohui   Jul-30-10 03:07 PM   #4 
  - Contractors in my area DO have a reputation for being difficult!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 03:30 PM   #7 
  - You're painting with a rather broad brush. I'll admit that there are a lot  Arkansas Granny   Jul-30-10 03:41 PM   #10 
  - I'm a "nice" contractor!  gardenista   Jul-30-10 11:58 PM   #26 
  - Thanks for the insight.  hamsterjill   Jul-31-10 08:30 AM   #28 
     - You're doing all the right things. Glad the general is at least working with you  gardenista   Jul-31-10 12:09 PM   #33 
     - there are "always" "miscommunications" because they profit from this  pitohui   Jul-31-10 02:40 PM   #36 
     - no one goes w. the low bidder yet no one's job is ever finished  pitohui   Jul-31-10 02:36 PM   #35 
  - The best contractor I've used is a RW loony  Mopar151   Jul-31-10 02:14 AM   #27 
  - husband is a masonry contractor  Kali   Jul-31-10 01:59 PM   #34 
  - Here is the way contractors typically work  MajorChode   Jul-30-10 03:16 PM   #5 
  - That's right.  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 03:32 PM   #8 
     - That's why I never pay them in full up front  MajorChode   Jul-30-10 03:37 PM   #9 
  - I scared off four contractors this year.  El Supremo   Jul-30-10 03:47 PM   #11 
  - Ohhhh been there done that  MorningGlow   Jul-30-10 04:35 PM   #12 
  - I know what you're saying about not being able to bear being around one  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:36 PM   #19 
     - Yes!  MorningGlow   Jul-30-10 10:07 PM   #25 
  - Get it ALL in writing, and stick to it.  Manifestor_of_Light   Jul-30-10 05:53 PM   #13 
  - Nope - half up front; half when completed to my satisfaction  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:38 PM   #21 
  - yeah we are trying to find a plumbing contractor to redo the one bathroom  tigereye   Jul-30-10 07:00 PM   #14 
  - you want I should kick some contractor ass, hamsterjill?  Skittles   Jul-30-10 07:26 PM   #15 
  - Could you, please, Skittles???!!!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:30 PM   #17 
  - Duplicate  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:30 PM   #18 
  - we are just about done with the inside job. i hear ya.....  seabeyond   Jul-30-10 07:32 PM   #16 
  - Hang in there!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:41 PM   #22 
     - we got the plumber bill. it is a messed up barter type contracting, hubby doing it all  seabeyond   Jul-31-10 09:19 AM   #30 
  - Here's a hug for you. I sympathize with you.  Curmudgeoness   Jul-30-10 09:36 PM   #20 
  - Thank you for the hugs!  hamsterjill   Jul-30-10 09:45 PM   #23 
     - Good idea to go to workshops, although I would buy the products  Curmudgeoness   Jul-30-10 10:01 PM   #24 
        - I know! I've had a few projects go wrong, myself!  hamsterjill   Jul-31-10 08:33 AM   #29 
  - I, too, am a single female  NV Whino   Jul-31-10 11:16 AM   #32 

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