Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Great yoga class yesterday. I ended up sweating like crazy and it wasn’t even Bikram! I don't know why I choose to miss class. I always love the way I feel after practice. Today’s activity should be some upper body weight work, but I haven’t found a way to do that that I like, so it may just be some easy treadmill or elliptical work, as I want to save my legs for an after-work ride.
Turns out when I put pencil to paper and compared the bid I received with a bid my coworker received from the same contractor, there were issues that may not be the fault of the insurance coverage. He bid her cabinets at $95 a linear foot and bid mine at $200 lf for the same paint-grade cabinets. When I called to ask him if it was a mistake, he gave me all sorts of reasons about how it was justified, etc. His bid to her was right in line with what her insurance covered and right in line with what my insurance covered - so three of the four data points are in agreement. He said that he’s changed suppliers, etc. I am grateful to have these issues now, while no money has changed hands. So much for my initial impression! Oh, and he said he wouldn’t take the job and install cabinets purchased elsewhere. Pebbles also told me he was charging me double and she has experience dealing with cabinet makers for her high-end jobs. She also told me to just get the repairs done and we (who the heck is we??) could level in the cabinets. Sometimes I think she might be a bit delusional ;-). I’m looking for a much more turn-key solution as I really don’t want to be the GC on this project. But if I have to break this down, I guess I will. I am much more concerned about finding someone to repair the floor/sub-floor issues. First things first.
I am back to seeking more contractors for more bids and it may turn out that I have to go with option one and I certainly didn’t burn any bridges there. I will just continue to gather information and trust that the right move will make itself obvious. I may have to go back to the insurance company, but right now, more info is required. I’ve got a couple of leads from a newspaper ad, but I much prefer personal recommendations.
So here we are….I feel much better about things, as I sat down with my insurance info, my bid, coworker’s insurance info and her bid and I have some idea as to where this should come in. I looked at my “while we are at it’s” and put a cost on them. I just like things to be transparent and they never are. Looks like I had some expectations that things would go smoothly and they didn’t. Where my fear always comes in is BEFORE tackling something. I’ll let the envelope of DOOM sit around and cause me all sorts of anxiety and fear BEFORE ripping the thing open and facing whatever is inside head-on.
So it’s time to beat the bushes and drum up more names/recommendations for contractors. Angie’s List has proved to be very unhelpful. Any other ideas?
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Build your confidence.
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