Men at work ? Or are they working you?

Lately I’ve been neglecting a few things, things like writing, the gym, having a nosy at other people’s blogs. It seems the DIY aspect of my life has taken over lately, hence the recent lack of tweets or blogs, only after three years I’ve finally managed to have my drive finished. Saying that, I still haven’t finished my landscaping..

So what’s taken me so long? Why have I taken my time ? Why has it taken me three years?

Well there’s the financial aspect of it all, saying that though I did initially budget for it during the initial planning stages. The main reason it’s taken me so long is the lack of skilled workers, or reliable workers should I say. I feel like I’ve gone through so many workers, builders and landscapers that there are none left, well that and it’s diminished my trust in any workmen. Now don’t get me wrong, there have been a handful that have been absolutely brilliant, they’ve met and exceeded my expectations, done what they said they will! Which in turn is a big thing.

At the moment in time I do feel like I’ve gone through every possible scenario. Which in turn causes a variety of stressful situations to arise, foll

What do my experiences involve? Here’s a small list …
– Hiring and firing workmen that falsified references
– Workers who have been hired one day and disappeared the next in order to earn a bigger wage packet
– shoddy workmanship, work that has been carried out and ripped out again in order to start from scratch

The list carries on in much the same vain, so how do you avoid such pitfalls, perils and disappointment? I’m not going to preach or tell you what to do, consider this list a starting point to what hopes to be a blissful and smooth endeavour into the forays of DIY and workmen

– set a budget, stick to it as much as you can. Allowing for a certain percentage of exceeding the spend limit
– when hiring, as well as having and viewing their references. Go visit a previous job they have completed, if you can, talk to the previous client. And have a look at the workmanship (something I wish I would have done early on in my DIY endeavours )
– write a list of things to be completed, and have the work men/builder sign it
– do your research depending what your job is, a quick google will more or less tell you what will be involved in carrying out your job. So when shopping for quotes just ask your work man/builder the question … So what is it exactly you will do, talk me through it? The answer you receive will give you a better idea of whether they know what they are doing and whether they will do it correctly
– When the job starts, be on hand to watch over the various aspects of the job to ensure they will do what they said they would
– Create a payment schedule, don’t hand over everything at once. Give a small percentage of the payment as and when you reach a milestone
– And most importantly ensure you have some sort of guarantee in place

I think that about covers most of it, please feel free to add anymore suggestions in the comment section below.

This is Mr J signing out


Men at work ? Or are they working you?

6 thoughts on “Men at work ? Or are they working you?

  1. Useful advice. I cringe every time we have to get work done, knowing if we have to use anyone than the one guy we really trust there’s a 75% chance of getting ripped off! Popping by from PoCoLo. Have a good weekend.

  2. It is difficult isn’t it? So often there are problems. They are good, but hopelessly busy. Or they are available and bad. Or they promise and don’t turn up and then do turn up when it’s not convenient.

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