Friday, March 10, 2006

Rounding Third

We’re $3,300 to the good.

At least $3,300 to the good as far as the porches are concerned.

The third porch is up and relatively speaking only nominal work needs to be completed. But if you’re an avid reader of this blog, you realize that not only is it all in the details but those details, or rather the lack of management of those details have come back to bite us in the ass in the past.

While this time was shaping up to mimic the our recently history, we finally broke with tradition.

As the final preparations were being made for cutting the final check to the Porch People for constructing our porches, a thought popped into my little head---review the contract. Make sure we’re getting what we’re paying for.

Sure enough, there was a big inconsistency.

Per the contract we’re being charged a set amount for twenty-two footings of a certain construction. I only counted that sixteen of those footings were constructed per the contract.

Six of the footings were not constructed per the contract and thus I didn’t understand why we were being charged the full amount.

I made sure that our project manager knew about my concerns.

Less than three hours later, we had a $3,300 credit.

Of course I was reassured that despite the six footings not being per the contract, they were still code compliant and structurally sound.

You know I’m going to try and get that in writing don’t you?

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