Saturday, September 8, 2012

Are You Considering A House Renovation?

 


Are you considering a house renovation?  I'm just done with mine recently.  Actually it's not for the house that our family used to live in, but for a house where we derived a monthly income.  My "for rent" house had undergone major renovation more than two months ago and I had a lot of stressful experiences during the process.  Well, I couldn't blame anyone as neither me, nor my husband was personally there in the Philippines to attend to the project.  I entrusted the job of overseeing the whole process to a trusted care taker and my teen aged son for the financial side.  I really admire my son for being able to handle the finances well at a very young age.  I guess that was a good training for him and he had passed it with flying colors.  The first part of the renovation project was the roofing services which we obtain from our regular contractor.  Since it was our nth time with them, I was too trusting.  When I had my vacation before, I made a deal with them and discussed to them everything about what my expectations are. The discussion went on smoothly and we both agreed on payment terms and total cost of the project.  I was expecting that everything will go on smoothly, but to my disappointment, most of the agreed conditions were not met and worst than that, some of the contractor's workers had stolen all the door knobs and cabinet handles in the house.  The worst part was, the contractor did not not agree to be liable for the "acts" of his men and keeps on avoiding our demands for explanation and compensation for the lost items.  Needless to say, I charged everything to experience.  I was not there so it's not possible for me to settle things legally.  I just allowed them to finish the project and it's over.  After that experience, I promised myself not to hire their services anymore.  Yes, not again.

Morale of the story? When we deal with major projects such as house renovation, we have to choose the experts and the company that we can trust.  How I wish we also have some reputable companies in the Philippines to do such sensitive work like the Dallas roofing company.  It's really important that we deal with people who already made a name in the industry.  It pays to be careful and choosy with the companies we dealt with to avoid problems in the end.

Now that I will have to work on other future projects such as the preventive maintenance servicing of our air conditioning unit, I better be sure that I will choose the right people to do the work for me at this time.  I wish that we also have a better business bureau in the Philippines who could do the job for us finding the right contractors and accredited businesses for our specific needs such as air conditioning Forth worth

Well, I've learned my lessons and I will just have to be careful next time.  But this doesn't stop me for coming up with more future projects on home improvement.  Just choose the right people to the job for you, prepare an appropriate budget, come up with a time table for completion and choose the right project at the right season and you will definitely be on the right track.



7 comments:

  1. It's difficult to find trustworthy workers these days. They need to be supervised every day otherwise you never know what can happen. It's a good experience for your son though. Handling the financial side builds up confidence.

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  2. Sad but true, very rare that we find trustworthy people nowadays even if we pay them the right amount. Kudos to your son.

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  3. House renovation sometimes can be a tedious one to plan or to do. Better consult someone who is an expert at that field.

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  4. House renovation is such a pain in the neck if you don't have anyone to oversee how your contractor works. Our house do not just need a renovation sis but a total major major rebuild and maybe we can do it years and years from now pa.

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  5. House renovation has a lot of work and cost a lot... so if ever we will do the renovation here must be prepared with financial... specially here in Norway cost a fortune..

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  6. You really have to ask around to get a really good contractor. It's like asking a friend who has a gorgeous haircut, "Who did your hair?" A homeowner with a well constructed house would usually be flattered when asked who was their builder.

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  7. True, Lucky for me I know a little about this stuff. Sad to say I don't own a house.

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