Renovation nightmare Journal – episode 7
Well, it seems that when you are renovating an apartment, the deadline for the project is written on ice.
*Whether you are looking to do renovations in your place, or you already did renovate your place, in that case, you know what I am talking about, you never know when you will need to do some changes to your home, you should read this, it might help you in the near or far future.
This weekend was very challenging for me. Since I started renovating my home every weekend was challenging, but this one was more than the others. The realization that there is no deadline for this nightmare is starting to weigh on me. Usually, when you start a project you must have a date when the project will end, a specific project you are working on should not run indefinitely. Well, it seems that when you are renovating an apartment, the deadline for the project is written on ice.
You are probably thinking this is insane and unreasonable, there must be a finish date, a date when the project is done. You are right, I thought so too.
Why there is no such date you are asking? Well, let me tell you why.
If you renovated an apartment – not talking about a house because in a house you will not face the problems you are facing with an apartment/ Condo. You need to keep in mind that you will stumble upon all kinds of obstacles that will pop up whether you are doing everything correctly or not and these obstacles will push the ending date further and further away.
There will always be reasons why the work is getting delayed. If you are working with a contractor, keep in mind that it is never the contractor’s fault, they will never give you a specific date and it will always be depended on something! It could be your fault for asking to change something, or the inspector’s fault that didn’t pass you the inspection and work cannot continue, the building’s office for creating different rules every other day, or elevators that are not working, or the workers that didn’t come, or they did come but they went to buy something in home depot and didn’t come back… and so on and so on.
This weekend I realized that this project is going on and on and I cannot see the end of it, and that made me upset.
Another obstacle that you will be facing is that you will be getting a job, or if you are already working then this will be your 2nd job, whether you want it or not. This job’s name is “The Pusher”.
What or who is “The Pusher” and what he needs to do you are asking? Well, the pusher’s job is to push the contractor/workers/city /HOA office to do the job they were paid to do. I don’t know if it is the same in other places, but here in Florida, if you will not push to get the work done, you will end up renovating a small apartment for up to 1 – 2 years. My neighbor renovated her apartment – smaller than mine, and it took her a year. If you are not willing to be “The Pusher” or you have no time for it, you better get someone who can do this for you otherwise it will take you 2 years to renovate a small apartment.
So what is the situation now?
No kitchen, no shower I cannot have any guests in my home, and I also don’t know when this nightmare will be over!
We are fast approaching the holidays, this week we have Thanksgiving, and we must finish this before the end of the year’s holidays, becouse I have guests coming to visit me at beginning of the new year.
Please pray for me… 🙈
Happy Thanksgiving to you all 🙌💁♀️
* This blog is my experience and my opinion only and it is not to reflect on anyone’s work except my own subjective thoughts and experience.