Still on the MY HOME series! (For a history, click this: Budget for My Home)
Today, let me talk about foundations. I once blogged about my unfortunate experience with a “fake plumber,” who left terrible plumbing problems in our bathroom and sink tubes and pipes. (Clcik this for the post: LEAKS AND BOUNDS.) That one really cost me so much time, money, and energy. Bad jobs and inefficient workers really don’t make life any easier! And building a home means a whole lot of workers and jobs. Especially when you are starting from scratch. So today, let me list some things you may need to know before doing anything at all.
I. GET TRUSTED WORKERS. Look for records, word of mouth testimonials, do background check before hiring. As much as possible, get people who are traceable and amenable to back jobs.
II. KNOW THE SCOPE OF WORK FOR EACH WORKER AND EXPECT ACCORDING TO THEIR EXPERTISE. An architect is different from an interior designer and both are different from a contractor. I didn’t need an architect because I wasn’t building walls and placing roofs and things as laborious as that. Looking back though, I could have hired a contractor for the foundational areas like bathrooms, where a contract could have protected me more with the resulting poor job.
III. FIRST AND FOREMOST: MIND YOUR FOUNDATIONS. To my untrained eye, everything looked alright. Until we realized the heater isn’t working, and that some pipes deep into the wall, under the cement, were leaking. We had to tear it open and close it up all over again just to fix problems. It was too much work for a small thing, and a whole lot of inconvenience. So before closing things up, like placing cement on top of open walls, or rendering the tiles, or finishing the flooring, or sealing the ceiling, make sure everything above and underneath’s working just fine! You don’t wanna be sleeping soundly until you hear a crack or two in the middle of the night that tells you something is wrong 3 inches above the roof or under the ground.
IV. PREPARE FOR BACK JOBS. I was too idealistic in thinking that soon as I settle back into our unit, everything would be just alright. Until I found a leak here…and there…and everywhere! Ugh! Some things really are unavoidable, I guess. And so it is best that your prepare your heart. Give yourself a month or 2 after being settled in. Actual people living in the home will betray loopholes in the entire construction. Give it some time and patience, and pray for grace!
I am almost done with this series and next Friday is when we get to the fun-nest part!!! It will be all about furnishing, and also giveaway time!!! Can’t wait to tell you all about it. But I gotta stop myself here and wish you all a wonderful weekend!