Some things I’ll admit. One is that I don’t have the equipment or the skill to take down a partially burned out 1300 sq ft house. Last week I called to get an estimate on tear-down. Tonight that contractor called back, extremely chatty and difficult to understand, and talked about all sorts of unprofessional things for 1/2 hour. He’s lost his opportunity.

Even when building a non-standard house, anyone who is hired to help should be licensed and insured. This protects both you and them. They should have references. They shouldn’t demand payment before the work is due. (Partial to pay for supplies is one thing. Payment in full is quite another.) They should present you with a contract which you both sign that states the terms of your agreement, and what happens if they fail to complete or make an error that causes loss or damage to your property. If they are paid to assist or to do the work, they should also be professional in their contacts and should respect your time, your desire for a second opinion, and your vision. It will be your house, after all, not theirs.


About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? Baptism!

Posted on December 8, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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