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Contractors Are Booked!

May 23rd, 2012 at 12:45 am

I called three contractors yesterday and all were booked and not able to get to any repairs in the next three weeks. Yikes. My realtor then calls a contractor she might use to build her home. They were able to come today and provide an estimate. If we agree they will start work next week.

The estimate is for resetting about 20% of the nails, caulk, and labor for painting. It also is for resecuring the deck to the home and replacing an interior door in the master bathrooom. Total $2333!!!!!!!!

I'm annoyed beyond belief. The deck is the cheapest at just $79. The door is nearly $600. It is a hollow door that has a nickel size whole on the interior of the master bathroom near the upper hinge. I could buy one myself for about $70, but the staining isn't something I have experience with. The nails and caulk are cheap. It is all the labor that is becoming the issue with me.

The buyers are insisting that the work be done by a licensed contractor. It seems to make these requests seem so big. Ugh!

4 Responses to “Contractors Are Booked!”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    I would try:
    1. Offer to pay the contractor in cash in order to get a "cash discount". That might save you several hundred - Seriously. Smile or
    2. Offer $1500 off the price of the house and let the new owners figure it out.

    Good luck.

  2. Monkey Mama Says:

    Ugh!!!! You are having so much FUN! Wink

  3. Ima saver Says:

    I wish we were close to you. No way my husband (who is a licensed contractor for 28 years) would charge you that much.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Ugh! It sure sounds like you are in a frustrating situation.

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