Thursday, September 16, 2010

Reacquainting Myself with my House

This week Davis Flooring is staining my stairs. "But Loosey, you got your floors installed two months ago, why wait so long?"

Because they were so busy -- they had a wait list. I got on the schedule ASAP. (They were recommended by my favorite painters.) And there's something completely die hard attractive about a contractor who 1) returns your call, 2) shows up on time, 3) explains the process to you up front, 4) gives a you a bid while he's there, 5) calls you when he gets your deposit check and gets you on the schedule 6) calls you before  the job to tell you what time he'll be there, 7) shows up on time...

You see where this is going. I like giving my money to responsible people.

But during the process of hand sanding, varnishing, etc. We really can't be going up and down the stairs. So, we're camping out in the basement. Thank goodness we built the full bathroom down there. X-man is in his tent on his crib mattress, with his Sula, the elephant, pillow, blue blankie and favorite bedding. I'm on the couch, with a comforter and my pillow. The cats are not enjoying being shut down here (no sunbeams). And the dog hates it even more, but I'm at least sending him to doggie daycare at Doggie Days on the Farm in Urbana.

But by Friday night, there will be 4 dry coats of varnish on the stairs, making them as shiny as the floor that Flooring Surfaces put in.

3 comments:

Julie Murphy said...

Hmm... that must be why they haven't bothered returning any of my phone calls. :P

Looseyfur said...

There must be some kind of hard wood floor thing going around. He said he had to lay off three guys last winter, and now he's booked 2 months out.

Insane. I'm sorry he hasn't been as responsive to you as he was to me. I even called this a.m. to just let him know I was going out for a run, and his message on his cell asks folks to leave messages at the office. So I called there, but then remembered he doesn't check that until after dinner...

And then I hung up only to have him call me back from seeing my number on his cellphone two seconds later.

Dana said...

Thank you for doing this work on your house before me. Now I know who to call (or not, if your case had gone differently). ;-)