front door spruce up:
From a distance, it really looks SHARP! Last week, the GC stated that the project is almost done, we await some closet doors, due in on Wed, so he would return with 3 people to wrap it up on Wed. I stated that there was still quite a bit to be done, he reassured me that we should be all set. The doors finally came in today, but he was running around doing who knows what, but he'll bring them by tomorrow and they will install them. I've had a punch list, categorized by room, taped to the kitchen cabinet. Between the GC and 3 workers, different folks have been crossing stuff off. Umm . . some of that was not yet done. I asked about one item, the GC commented, "Oh, I wasn't sure about that, I looked but didn't see anything." @@ Rather than ASK, he simply crossed it off the list. He misread the notation, went to the wrong room, which is why he didn't see the area in question. Back to my door . . looks nice, no?
Here is one of my 8 new air regismters for heat and A/C. Was cheaper for me to replace them than to have the old GE metal ones sandblasted (they were horribly rusty for some reason) and then repainted. These are prepainted, metal ones. Nice and crisp looking.
The GC is clearly in a rush to wrap this up and get paid, especially as I am holding firm to the agreement: I paid him weekly for a set amount of weeks with a "balloon payment" due at the end of the job. Job was to be done by 5/30, I remind you that it's a month later.
Having his unskilled or lesser skilled workers perform tasks without supervision and guidance is foolish. While I certainly agree with on the job training and experience, unless supervised, how is one to learn the proper way to do things? My life savings and then some have gone into this forever home. It won't ever be top of the line, most fashionable but I have quality materials and I expect that they will be properly installed.
There was an apparent rush to paint as if that is a visible sign to homeowners that the job is finishing. They failed in many, many areas to do proper wall prep. I called them out on it.
Yes, all air returns and registers that we are reusing are to be painted
Had to remind them to fill in this large void in the frame of the master bath door, as the door was switched in direction that it opens. Simply painting over the large void didn't cut it. It's now filled, need to be sanded and painted again.
More painter's paint that did damage, this is DD's room,
Center cut out finally got a second coat-great. But once again, the large drip was not first sanded. This is simply sloppy.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't a vent post against the GC-his work is good, some things I had to ask him to redo-that always happens. His leaving unskilled, unsupervised workers is the issue, while he has started and continues to work another job. I get it: he needs to keep the every continuing supply of work coming. He also needs, however, to complete what he starts and ensure the same quality of work is afforded the customer throughout the project.
I am very fair: I've paid off the wood floor installer/refinisher, the plumber, the electrician, the energy company for upgrades. I will NOT pay the GC until the final inspection by the city and until I am satisfied that he has done everything properly, as agreed upon. I am not being overly persnickety, I understand how homes are constructed and know how things should be done, not to mention, I still have DX looking over my shoulder (in a good way) offering advice on what to do, his opinion etc.
We also miss our privacy. Having workers all day at your home is a drag.