A construction specialist I am not. Nor have I ever been schooled in the art of home construction or repair. Handy with the tools, I am that and more. Even the best of the best in the construction industry cannot make, what I consider, the worst mistakes ever with my home repair project of 1999.
Preparation Is Key
Any repair job, no matter what the size, cost or level of difficulty, requires planning and preparation. We all know this to be true. My first mistake was to believe the job was so simple, I required only the basic preparation. I was wrong. Finding the wood I needed for the exterior portions of the house proved to be a fatal flaw in my plan. What should have been a one time delivery from the lumber yard became a fiasco. The first shipment was received by my helper and it was the wrong type of wood and the wrong lengths. The second shipment arrived and did not include the aforementioned wood. That was not the worst of it. The third shipment could not be made because the shipper claimed I had not made payment. A total of ten days were spent in efforts to procure my supplies for the job. Poor preparation, in choosing the wrong supplier, was the first part of my worst home repair mistake
Watch Those Dollars
Who among us has never experienced cost overruns on any type of home repair job? It happens from time to time. I made the second part of my mistake when I did not watch my expenses and payments more closely. This was my home and my repairs. I felt confident in my actions and did no keep a close eye on my money. On a small supply run to buy some paint primer, the cashier informed me that my credit card was declined. This was impossible, or so I thought. After a few phone calls and a bit of yelling with the store owners, I found the cause of my problem. Somehow, the cashier, on a previous order had charged me $18,207.48 for supplies that actually cost $182.78. The order had been paid and signed for by my helper. This leads me to the final part of my worst home repair mistake.
Get Good Help
Over the years, I have worked with dozens of day laborers and construction contractors, with no problems. Since this was my actual home being repaired, I opted to use a family member, one of my cousins who needed some extra cash. The boy was a college graduate with what I believed to be a bright future ahead. If the credit card incident is any indication, his future has turned bleak, indeed. To have things done right on any job, whether it be home repair or lawn care, it is necessary to choose the right help for the job. Skimping on the cost of labor does not save money in the long run.
As a simple home owner desiring to effect home repairs myself, a simple four or five day job took over two weeks to complete. This repair job quickly turned, from a homeowner’s dream scenario, into the worst home repair mistake I ever made. The mistake was ever attempting to do this job myself.