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My little talks in the mirror aren't working.  

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we've begun bathroom remodeling.  Truly, I didn't believe the contractor when he promised the first of two would be done by now, so that's not what is upsetting me.  What is?

Let me count the things that really put me in a really "pissy" mood:

1-when you make my household put our lives on hold waiting for you.  If you say someone is going to show up between 8-9 and something happens:  CALL ME.  I won't be the least bit peeved until I find out that I (or my son, daughter-in-law, husband) have been sitting around waiting hour after hour and only find out no one is coming BECAUSE I CALLED YOU.

It's simple, just say something along the lines of "Hello, Mrs. N., it turns out that we won't be there at "hour, day, etc"-we will be there at "hour, day, etc" instead.  I just wanted to let you know."  I'm very understanding if I'm kept in the loop.  

If I'm taken advantage of though I am no longer understanding-I become terse, angry and I don't trust you.  It's been pointed out to many that if you lose my trust-MOVE OUT OF STATE.

2-if you've made a mistake, admit it and let's work on fixing it.  Do not tell me I did so order green frosted tiles for the decorative inserts when I know I didn't.  Anyone who knows anything about me knows I absolutely dislike the color green and wouldn't even have gone down the "green" aisle, let alone ordered anything from it.  Plus-you'd better make me some sort of a really great compromise/deal on this one as it appears I'm going to have to look as those ugly green things for the rest of my LIFE.  

3-It's hot, I have work to do and your crew is doing most of the work right outside my office.  Plus we have indoor cats.  So informing me that no precautions will be taken to close a door or to keep the "boom box" level of entertainment down is SO GOING TO MAD ME MAD.

4-If you need to "borrow" something of mine, please just ask-I'm very accommodating and I want to make your job as easy as possible (hence the dozen bottles of water chilling in my fridge so you will have enough fluids during the course of your day).  So please don't take sheets out of my linen closets to cover the new tub without asking and then not even give them back to me to decide if they are now trash or just need washing.  I consider this a real invasion of my privacy and don't appreciate it.

And last-remember we all have to get along with each other for the duration of this monumental project, so let's all try to respect each other and get along.

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      Lazylola wrote Jul 24, 2009
    • Having recently undergone remodeling nightmares myself, I feel your frustration. I did the majority of the work myself and it is a messy time consuming endeavor. Speak to the person in charge and let them know what is not acceptable and that you will deduct the price of what is taken and destroyed off of their pay. Linens needing to be replaced can cost quite a bit depending on what they take. Good luck and hopefully they can get done soon for your sanity’s sake.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jul 24, 2009
    • Believe me-I vent (nicely-but very DIRECTLY).



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      Janet Wooley wrote Jul 24, 2009
    • I know what you mean but you can count on this happening, every single person who I have even know that has construction on any level, this happens. My parents are having their house painted, 1 week tops, they are on week 4 and guess what they need more material...They can never get the guy on the phone selective answering I am sure. My dad has gone as fas as driving to the guys house and asking are you coming over today?? So my parents are trying to not get upset BUT they want their house back to normal. So either do it yourself or NEVER PAY A PENNY until the job is completed. I would make that clear up front, I always hear well yes I pd them or I pd them 1/2 well the motivaion is now gone. I would only hire a professional and never a friend of a friend of a friend. Even the professionals do this.



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      Leeann wrote Jul 24, 2009
    • I was having a bathroom remodeled last year right before mom was coming out to live .I wrote the check for the down payment , we were ready to go and they call to say sorry our crew is going on a company trip and we can get to it . Long story short hubby put the stone floor in and the cabinet and it looks great!!!  Oh ya , hubby put the light fixture in as well .



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jul 24, 2009
    • we considered it-but hubby was over doing plumbing when he re-did the faucets in the kitchen, powder room and even the hall bath that’s being completely remodeled 6 years ago.



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      Marilyn09 wrote Jul 25, 2009
    • Call the better business bureau.
      We had problems with a dirt worker and crew. He nickeled and dimed us and made the building of our house start later than it should have.
      With a construction loan that becomes due in one year it is very important to be on time.
      The last time we call many more people to find out what the average cost is - the highest cost and we picked the guy that charged above average - not the highest.  And we were not nickeled and dimed and the job got done on time.



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      Termite wrote Jul 25, 2009
    • Doesnt the way some people operate their business just baffle you? No consideration! Rollin my eyes and shakin my head! ohhhh



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