Home renovations – Builders update

September 15, 2015

Home Renovations - Builders Update

Earlier this year Mr Boo and I decided that we’d get the living and dining rooms re-plastered, change the doors, architrave and skirting boards. As well as change the tiles within the kitchen and redecorate. So we contacted a few builders to come and give us a quotes for the work.

When it comes to selecting builders I think that we are jinxed. Many of the builders never got back to me, one that did come round appeared to pluck a figure from his head on the spot which didn’t give me much confidence. So when another builder came and ran through everything with me from what materials I would need to order etc. I was impressed and as his quote was roughly the same as what we had thought we went with him.

Explaining the time-frame we had for the works to be completed he didn’t seem to think it would be a problem (after all we gave him six weeks availability). After waiting around 10 days without any dates of when the work would start I chased him up and he finally gave me details of when the carpenter could come and complete the joinery works. Of course the only time he could do was the one weekend that I was due to be away taking Roo and Tigger to their Granny’s house for a summer holiday, not wanting to lose the carpenter I re-arranged things and took the children up to my Mam’s a couple of days early in order to be back for the work to start.

Home renovations - Builders updateThe carpenter arrived as promised on the Saturday morning and stayed the entire day getting all the works completed. Fabulous I thought, one job down just the tiler and plasterers to complete their sections. The tiling was eventually completed two weeks later and was done over three half days which annoyed me as it could have easily been completed in one day had he turned up on time and stayed until it was done.

The plastering however has been a complete nightmare. He failed to come within the agreed timescale and then cancelled on the day he was supposed to come (after we had moved all the furniture etc to accommodate him) due to man flu. New dates were agreed which again were cancelled. Trying to remain polite and professional throughout I accommodated the cancellations, even though our house has been in chaos for two months! Last week I reached my limit and explained that if the works were not completed on the agreed date I would find another plaster who could.

Needless to say my rant worked and finally he turned up with a colleague last Thursday and completed the works. They left the house a complete mess, thank goodness we are replacing the carpets as they are ruined. They left plaster splattered over the new skirting boards an architrave when resulted in my scrubbing them done all day Friday.

Home renovations - Plastering drying out

I am so angry about the whole renovation and can’t wait until the works are finally all finished and I don’t have to live with the chaos. Lets hope the painting and carpet fitting go smoothly.



  • Louisa September 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Oh crikey! They give professionals a bad name. I understand your frustration. We have waited 3 months for our new windows and doors and it was supposed to be done with 5 weeks. They are still not finished. We are about to embark on some more major work and I really hope our builder is efficient. It is so hard when they seem reliable until the work actually starts. I hope the rest of your renovation go smoothly x

  • Annie B September 18, 2015 at 11:07 am

    So sorry to hear you have had a rubbish time with it all. I hope it will be worth it in the end! Thanks for linking up to #MakingHome

  • Becky at PinksCharming September 18, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Oh wow you poor things. Plastering is such a horrible messy job, but that’s such a nightmare that they left such a mess behind them! I hope it will all be over soon so you can enjoy your house again! Becky x #MakingHome

  • Cheryl September 18, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    We had experience hiring an unprofessional plasterer too when we had our kitchen done. He already started the work, then his phone rang, answered it and said he will go out to finish something and didn’t even came back. Terrible as our house was a mess waiting for him to come back, didn’t even ring us back telling us what’s going on… so my husband decided to call him and cancel the job, we hired for a different one instead. Hope goes well with your renovations soon! #MakingHome

  • Stephanie September 18, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    It’s so hard to find a good, reliable builder – it seems there’s so many bad ones out there and it’s painful and heartbreaking when you’re spending your hard earned cash on someone that isn’t do ing a good job. hope the next bit goes more smoothly #makinghome

  • Anca September 20, 2015 at 7:06 am

    Sounds awful 🙁 I hope the work will finish faster from now on.

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