Well, this room is not a complete fit for this, but it's close enough.
Some of you may remember how I found myself displaced from my home for six months while Bubba and Hotep played at Home Restoration, ultimately returning my home to me with several details done... poorly.
As in, paint in places where paint should not be, while paint seemed to go missing in places where it should be. A garbage disposal left inert by an extreme lack of electricity powering it. A dishwasher inconvenienced by a range such that it could not open fully since the range wasn't installed all the way to the wall as it should have been... not that it would have mattered, as the dishwasher suffered from the same extreme lack of electricity as the garbage disposal. I often wondered if I had been able to power it, if the garbage disposal would contribute in some way to the cleaning of the dishes, but I never got to find out.
And so on...
I don't know if I pointed out that we did get the more expensive of these issues addressed properly after a series of calm but firm meetings. I didn't completely freak out, unlike the African mother who completely lost her mind a few days ago after locking herself out of her condominium. I just calmly pointed out my lack of trust in the quality of the vendor's workmanship, asked the board to pay me to hire my own team, ultimately using the people I didn't want to use (but having certain very firm assurances in place that we should see true improvement in a timely fashion). Ultimately, they took care of it, and it seems pretty good.
And then I got a bill from another division of these guys for two of the months my property sat in their storage.
They said it wasn't on the invoice, and I was lead to believe I did not need to pay it... after all, I caught these guys not actually working, and the job should have been finished within four months, so I kinda thought they should eat at least that little bit of money. But, no, she said I have to pay it.
They waived it after I got the two divisions in sync with each other by asking the other division if I am still expected to pay it, and pointing out some discomfort at the idea given the delays.
That's about $600 saved by keeping a cool head and calmly asking questions.
I had planned to pay it, then bill the association (suing them if necessary).
But I had hoped it wouldn't go that far.
At least you got to keep your $600 without careening down a ski slope on a bicycle demanding your dollars!
I spoke too soon.
The kitchen sink has sprung a leak. That was one of the items touched by the knuckledragging baffoons masquarading as plumbers.
Likely, the plumber who caused this to happen is the same person who complained bitterly about coming to my home to do such easy work.
At least he gets to complain about coming back.
We got a different plumbler on the return.
The issue is fixed, but now we have a large hole in the drywall that he had to cut in order to get at the busted pipe.
So, that's fun.
Aaand, the association is charging me for the repair.
So, yeah, that's... nice...
So Fleeby, if the Association fees do not cover repairs, what exactly DO they cover?
Their ass, I can only assume.
<laughs> Oh, so they are basically HR. <g>
If only they showed even that level of competence.
I haven't responded yet... I'm waiting on the manager to return from her vacation, or ... whatever she's doing, before I start the tedious process of asking her what kind of guaranttees we have for the work they performed on the condominium, etc.