The Right Foll For The Job
We plan to re-side our home next year. In the meantime, the peeling paint gives our
place that cozy condemned look. I never paid much attention until our son's friend called it "the
house with the scratches on it."
To keep the demolition crew at bay, Dan wants to post a public notice out front. Like
those "FUTURE SITE OF..." signs, it would convey our plans in a professional manner, i.e.,
"DON'T LAUGH, FOLKS -- WE'RE FIXING IT UP." I'm just glad our fellow Marketing consultant homeowners
haven't joined forces to heave it from the neighborhood.
Things can go wrong when you transplant a house. Just ask the Buckrops from Rural
Edgington, Illinois. After buying their abode, they opted to go country. Literally. They took
great pains to transport their Home Sweet Home down the road apiece. But fate dealt a heavy
blow when their house fell off its makeshift trailer en route. They should write a song about the
experience. Possible title, "Take My Home, Country Road". It's destined to be a smash.
You wouldn't catch me moving a house. I'm not big on change anyway. It takes me
months just to yank down the Christmas decorations. One day Dan counted the remains of four
separate holidays still hanging around. We wish you a merry Easter and a Happy New 4th!
Our biggest home improvement involved buying Thermopane windows. We had to. The
ancient portholes in This Old Shack had a tendency to crack when opened. Moments after hiring
a local company, a crew of no-nonsense workers descended upon us. They did a fine job but the
noise and commotion induced a day-long headache. I grabbed the aspirin and planned to pour
myself some water when I spied a six-foot dude straddling the kitchen sink.
The issue homeowners face is whether to do it yourself and save a bundle (unless you
count emergency room fees) or go in hock and be invaded by a swarm of professionals. At least
we HOPE they're professionals. Contractors are like trees. Some have weathered the test of
time while others are shady as all get out.
If you go that route, make sure you investigate a company thoroughly before signing a
contract. Find out how long they've been in business. Talk to previous customers. Whatever it
takes. Because it's important to have the right fool for the job.
Corky is Lois Corcoran. Her column appears in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram Online and on a free parenting e-zine, The "M" Word.Other Corky's:
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