Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Home Renovation - Month 5

Our contractor stopped responding to our messages or phone calls starting October 18th, which was 2 days away from what he agreed to complete the home project. First week of October, Contractor came in to talk about the money status and the work status. He said that he needed more money to complete the project. We agreed since we want to get out of the mess. Two days before his completion date (which he gave us Oct 20th), he again told us the same stuff that he is broke and he cannot work. Even though paying extra money , giving him additional time , nothing has helped us in the end. We ended up paying for the daily labor for couple more days (to the actual persons who work) to wrap up the half baked stuff. He promised that he would do the electrical for free since it is his responsibility (We already paid him the money, so I do not consider that he was working for free). We were so frustrated by him that we ended up hiring new people to get the job done.

We hired a painter to paint the whole house , a patio guy who will finish up my front and back patio, a handy man to wrap up all his juggled electrical work and another contractor to finish up the gutter job. We ended up paying lot of extra money to wrap up the job and keep the kids safe at home. I would not be recommending this contractor to anybody.

Here are some pics from after some jobs has been done after my contractor ditched us:

 The electrical panel, cable and internet wires were even in worse shape than above.
 With kids running around and live wires coming out of the walls like above.
 The electrical plates that you see are fixed by us, We do no know how to fix the wires hanging, which is why we were left like above.

We took up lot of small projects around the home whatever we can. One of the small pet peeve for my daughter was that she wanted a pink wall on her bedroom. So I had painted the wall myself at night starting at 11:00 and ending at 12:30 on a friday night.

 The handy man did do a better job of finishing up the pantry space by adding shelving. The contractor took $600 initially asking for this job to get the materials (since it was not in the contract he mentioned). We paid him that extra money and he did not get the materials at the end. We had to get the stuff ourselves after paying the money to contractor to get this job done and get the materials ourselves.

The front patio work done by a different contractor:

 The storm door has been replaced by the worker of the old contractor on last day (which we paid for the labor). Although the contract specifies that we have no relation on payment or anything that happens to his workers, we ended up paying the extra money again to him directly.
 The small stoop in the front to enjoy in spring or summer.


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