I know what you're thinking: Well, that sure does explain his shitty attitude and unreliability. But actually, he really is one of the only honest contractors I have ever met. In fact, he has a problem because he is too nice and generous and has a habit of doing extra work for no charge and because of that we are always broke.
But I don't want to talk about his (lack of) business sense. I want to tell you about my house.
Whenever Ben finishes a big job like a kitchen remodel or building a new porch, he likes to take pictures so that he can use them in a portfolio to show potential clients. These projects are always flawless, and clean and beautiful.
|Like this. Although this is not actually one of his..|
This is a random internet pic.
The thing is, none of that shit is done, 15 months later. Do you know why? Because for some infuriating reason, whenever Ben does work around OUR house, he leaves it half done.
|OK. At least I DO have countertops...But still.|
We have a couple of spots on the drywall that were damaged somehow and are going to need touch-up paint. Last JULY I asked him to get the paint out (because his work area is a labirynth of crap that only he has the magic map to) and I would paint it. He told me he would take care of it. Later that day, he applied that plaster crap to it to patch it. He let it dry and sanded it down. I had a pile of white dust on the floor for 4 days before I finally gave in and swept it up. The white patch is still there. He told me it still needs another layer...WHAT THE FUCK!!!!
I have attempted to explain to him that it offends me that when he does jobs at other people's houses he actually finishes up, then cleans and leaves the place looking like something from an HGTV room makeover show, but our house looks like someone randomly pieced it together and then forgot about it.
Another (visual) example:
We have plans to get siding in the spring. The house is an ugly green and looks as if it hasn't been painted in at least 20 years. Also, we kind of have to because the house is drafty and cold even with new windows and weatherproofing. There are gaps in the old wood slats and that makes the walls super cold and covering it will make it better (or at least I am told). While I was out the other day, Ben decided that he was going to fill in some of the worst gaps with "a little caulk". This is what the side of our house looks like now:
|Yes,I ran outside in the cold to take this picture just now.|
And we live on a corner. This side faces the street.
SERIOUSLY, BEN? REALLY???
"Would you EVER do that to someone else's house?" He shrugged.
"Then WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU DO IT TO OUR HOUSE? Don't you care AT ALL what this house looks like?"
"Not really." He admitted. "It's going to get sided and then it will look really nice. EVENTUALLY it will look good."
Did I mention that the house was SUPPOSED to be sided and have a new roof put on over the past summer but (and I am quoting here) Ben "just didn't get around to it." Now, maybe it's just me but I would think that a job as large as siding a house is something you PLAN, in advance. And maybe schedule. With some help. (Now that I am typing this, I am concerned that my house will he half sided for the next 10 years.)
That's awesome. Because I love having a hillbilly shack to be proud of. Don't even get me started about the shit he keeps in our yard.
|We're just one boat and a missing roof tile away from this...|
Am I over-reacting? What do you think?