Windows, windows, windows…. What a nightmare. The original company we went with (we will call them company A), told us it was a 3 week lead time, we went to order and then they changed it to 8 weeks. We called company B and they said their time was 4 weeks, so we asked for a quote. A week later they get us a quote (with the sizes all messed up) and then tell us they are not taking any more clients for installation, even though we told them we wanted them installed. We went back to company A and they increased their labor by almost 50%. We went to get quotes from company C and D. Company C says 4-6 weeks and the price was higher, and company D was cheaper, but they took too long to get us a quote, and we had already ordered. In the end we went back to company A….. ugghhh…. They brought their time in and reduced the cost increase. Finally they are ordered and will be installed in the end of November.
On a good note, framing passed inspection on Friday. Over the weekend we cleaned up at the house and burned some of the scrap wood because our trash is overflowing. Also, we bought a bunch of redi rock (giant legos – thousands of pounds each) a year ago and we are finally starting to install. A neighbor owns a construction business and he has been nice enough to rent us his tractor for cheaper than the place we previously used.
HVAC will be in two phases, they started phase 1 on Monday and should be complete this week.
Plumbing said they can start after HVAC is complete with phase 1, and they are going to check everything out today.
Electrical said he is ready to order some materials, we need to get him a down payment soon.
Siding – we are trying to decide on the material. We are debating on a mix, the options are real wood not painted, hardy board, stucco, metal.
My husband is a stay at home dad, he does have a small business, but it is really small and he has been neglecting it lately. I am not sure how 2 full time working people could do all this work. He is on the internet or making calls for what seems like all day, or running to the property to meet contractors/answer questions. I also spend several hours a week helping making calls, dealing with the finances, scanning and emailing contracts. I feel like we are always running at 100 miles an hour! I guess just keep my eye on the prize!
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