The GC Blues

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I now know why people hire general contractors. Aside from their valuable service, knowledge, and connections, it’s quite a job. A job that is difficult to do when one already has a job. And when one is looking for a job. Welcome to my world.

Maybe it was the lunar eclipse, but I have never felt such an overwhelming feeling of wanting to run away and hide.  Usually, I love a sense of accomplishment, of getting things done, and I love a challenge – can we say cabinet? But this time, it’s not just a feeling of dread, or I-don’t-feel-like-it, but helplessness.  

Thinking sanely and rationally, and not wallowing in my emotions, I have been able to accomplish a few things. My super is on board for removing my old sink cabinet and oven. All my appliances are in stock at AM Royal – I can order them now and they can hold them at their warehouse until I’m ready for delivery. I’m meeting the marble guys on Saturday. I’ve gone down to the Bowery to check out sinks.  I’ve decided to paint the walls myself.

What is ultimately bumming me out is that I can’t find anyone to do my floors. My super doesn’t want to do it. Bergen Tile doesn’t want to do it. I don’t want Home Depot to do it. There has to be a better way, maybe it’s my approach – “Hi, I have a 50 square foot floor that needs to have the concrete removed”. Not exactly tempting or lucrative. The reality is that I have to hit the pavement and research. Start talking to people for recommendations, interviewing people, and getting estimates – stuff that I don’t really want to do, but, hey, no one else will. And the best thing to do is push back my schedule two weeks to buy more time.

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