It has been too long since I last wrote. It almost always amazes me how quickly time seems to pass without accomplishing much of anything. Especially during the Christmas season. The same has not wrung true with our house. Lots has happened, most of it totally sucks. But at least things are happening…I think. We had a big surprise when we went on our usual daily stalking tour of 212…AKA Little House. On Christmas Eve, we thought it would be nice to do a drive by, and see if there had been any changes.
Low and behold, we got an early Christmas gift. The Seller was outside Little House, and suggested that we go in and have a look around. Stunned, we entered the house. Sigh, we saw the work. The kitchen ceiling was not opened-up (as was requested), the door to the original bathroom and the wall separating the bathroom and the pantry had not been moved (as agreed). The hot water tank was put into the pantry (totally stunned by this act of craziness). All these things aren’t right. It is so very frustrating. I don’t even know what to say. The Seller was completely dishonest about the work. I asked him why the work was not done correctly. He gave some pat lame excuses. All of which are just not acceptable.
What comes of this? What are the repercussions? What are our rights? We are trying to figure it out. It isn’t as though this is some sort of new tale. The crappy contractor…it is like some sort of broken record. We knew from the start that communications with the Seller were less than stellar. But, when we all met to discuss the ammendment and extra work that needed to be carried out in the house, it seemed like it was all so very clear. But now, looking at the notes, it isn’t.
Sigh, big sigh. Gearing-up to argue, fight for our rights…something like that.
Did I mention the tiling that he did in the bathroom? Tiling…yes, tiling. That certainly wasn’t a part of the arrangement. And will be something that we’ll have to remove. I’m so close to swearing and ranting and raving. Wish the tiling was nice. Wish that he had done what we asked. Wish that this wasn’t going to cost us more. Yada yada.
This is not some sort of silver lining. But, I’m trying to think positive thoughts. The Seller put pot lights in the bedrooms. That is nice. And, from what I can gather, it looks as though he’s on track to finish at the end of January. These are good things. Also, the outside of the house is starting to look good. Yesterday I emailed a roofer to come out and give us an estimate. Looking forward to that. And Big S and I sat down and wrote out all the expenses that we see in the short term future. I’ve put these into an excel sheet, and am going to start working a budget out. This is a positive. Actually planning things out. All good. And lastly, we are getting a house in Vancouver – a house that we can move into right away…live in and change over time. A house that we can actually afford. This is a most important detail, and can’t be forgotten, even as we pass through all the BS involved in the Deal. At the end of the day, we’ll have a house. A home to make our own. And for that, I am so very, very thankful.