So it turns out my contractor and I have been misunderstanding each other this whole time.
We thought we were supposed to get in there by the end of February. So did he.
But when I thought get in there by February, I meant that at least one room would be completely finished, including floors and paint, so we could move all of our stuff in and know that construction workers wouldn’t have to go back in there to finish anything else up.
He meant that the electricity would be up and running so we could plug in a space heater. Maybe there would be walls too, if we were lucky.
And would we have to move our stuff around for the construction workers to work?
Well, yeah. Of course.
So this whole time I’ve been trying to push for walls to go up by the 3rd week of February and floors to go in by the last week of February so we could move in by the first week of March, and I found out on last week’s call that “there’s no way that’s going to happen.”
And now it’s come to a point where I can be totally livid about this (which I already tried) or do what my boyfriend did and not be surprised in the least because this is how it’s been the entire time.
My boyfriend described it as the always-just-15-minutes-late syndrome. Our contractor means to do all of these things when he says he’s going to, he just doesn’t actually plan that far enough ahead to get them done when he means to. And so “Sunday probably, and at the latest, Monday” really means Tuesday afternoon he’s still waiting for the garbage trucks to come and get the trash and mid- to late-February really means mid- to late-March that he’s going to be able to get us in there in a way that is actually livable.
And he already knows how generally pissed off I am at him, and maybe being more pissed off isn’t the best way to keep approaching this, mostly to save my own sanity and to spare my boyfriend having to patiently give me the same speech every time we get off the phone with this guy.
So the plumber is there this week and when we went to visit the house yesterday, he gave a non committal grunt when my boyfriend asked him when he thought the hook ups would be done.
We said hi to our contractor, who told us that he was planning to be on site every day now. It’s day 3 since he’s said that and he has so far been at the site.
He showed me that the had fixed a mistake in the framing on the second floor (they had put in a doorway leading to the kitchen when we asked them to leave the wall as open as possible) and that the kitchen was going to be on the side that the bathroom was on so they could share the plumbing. This would also mean all the kitchen appliances wouldn’t be blocking the nice, open entryway they just framed. Which is awesome.
I still plan to bug the guy every day so he knows I am still on top of it. But I plan to freak out (a little) less based on what I hear back (or don’t hear back) from him.
Because at the end of the day, he’s building our house and, well, that’s pretty great.