Each year, as the Silly Season commences, I get this foreboding feeling that time is rapidly escaping. Then the panic sets in. How on earth am I going to get all of that done in this little time?
This year we’ve got all the usual fan fare plus the house. We are in some kind of stage where just about every other day we get some variation or another requesting yet more money (on top of that “fixed price contract”). It’s frustrating because it doesn’t feel like anything is actually happening, except more requests for more money.
You may recall that we needed to pay to have a sewer peg out? Well, turns out that the house is close enough to the sewer to require extra piering. Bam, we’re charged $365 for the engineer to amend the drawing to show the impact. On top of that we’re charged $1380 for the additional piering.
Today we have been sent a variation for “council fees”. The variation is a little light on the detail:
“Council fees required in order to obtain CDC approval:
1. Road inspection fee, $95
2. Road administration fee, $43
3. Engineering fee, $96.”
That’s it. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it’s fair to invoice someone for any kind of “fee” without explaining what that fee is actually for. So, we’ve asked them to explain them because we’re smart people who would like to know what “engineering fee” actually means.
All of these costs will need to be paid from our own cash stash because they’re not included in the fixed price contract, despite being predictable fees and charges.
We’ve also asked the builder to double check our kitchen quote is comparable with what the other kitchen supplier would charge (we had to do with Knebel, Timpelle is the other supper). Apparently the file has gone to estimating. They will no doubt come back after two weeks and say “oh yeah, it’s all good.” or “oh, we should have actually charged you even more so think of it as getting a discount.”
Other than that, nothing is happening as far as we can tell. The builder will have a 5 week shut down period commencing soon. I think a start date of Feb 28 is looking like a bit of a joke. I’ll have to check if they specified which year.