They got the full patio door in yesterday - remember, Al was only contracted to replace a plane of glass, not the whole door - but couldn't finish framing it off with moldings. So one guy returned this morning (10:30am actually) to wrap it up.
He did a very nice job. I need to paint it, but the door looks great. I just wish I didn't have to scream and yell on the phone for four two weeks to get this work done.
Of course the facia wood outside was never replaced, and with the closing on Monday there is no time to complete this work. Al ran out of time. Luckily, we've only given Al half of what we agreed to in the contract. I can't wait to see how much money he tries to get out of me after this.
The buyers came over for a walk through this afternoon before the close on Monday. They seem like a very nice couple who understand the frustrations we were dealing with. Heather and I explained to them that we had every intention of replacing the wood outside. We just ended up with the ass-tractor from Hell. We told them that we would give them money to have the wood replaced. They seem agreeable to that.
So I think my contractor hell is over for now. The guy who did the work didn't take the old door or fame with him (he told me Al didn't contract him to do that) and my calls to Al today about picking up this construction trash were not returned (not like I expected them to be), so I still have that to deal with. But with about 36 hours to close, I'm not sure what I can do about that. Maybe the answer is in what my real estate agent told me today, "We'll let the lawyers figure that out."
So here are the final two The Money Pit quotes.
Estelle: You think you know somebody after 25 years. And then one day Israeli Intelligence comes to the door.
Anna: "Israeli Intelligence?"
Estelle: Last Tuesday. That's why I've gotta sell the house. It turns out Carlos was Hitler's pool man.
And a personal favorite of my dad's
Estelle: I apologize for not turning the lights on. I'm trying to save every penny I can. The blood sucking lawyers are bleeding me dry!