My Home in the Berkshires........Part Six

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Improving my old home took a long time and ultimately three different contractors. The first guy started to slack off and not come regularly. It became clear that something was going on with him. I had even lent him money only to find out he was supporting a drug habit. I did all the normal due diligence before hiring him, but it never occurred to me to ask if he had ever had an alcohol or drug problem. Stuff happens. I terminated him and found someone else and had all the necessary permits redone.

The second guy completed my projects and the the town inspector signed off on the work. Things were initially good and then I had a leak in one of my skylights. I called the contractor numerous times and he never returned my calls. Note to self, always be weary of those who seem too good to be true......they aren't always there for the long haul. I found a new person through a building supplier and was happy with his work and responsiveness. He did other things for me and while expensive I grew to like and respect him. He has since become ill and retired, but luckily someone who used to work for him is a neighbor and a very reliable guy.

Through all of this I had my dogs and they were wonderfully supportive because that is what dogs do. I volunteered with a local shelter for awhile, worked at a local museum for a couple of years, and more recently had a space in a local antique place where I worked a day a week. 

The Berkshires is an amazing area. There are activities of every sort and each town is very different and yet special. I don't need to fight traffic to see great shows, music or dance. There is culture everywhere, education and sports of every sort. The shopping is great and the restaurants are varied and plentiful. To be continued...................

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Will Hamm
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Happy Valentine Days Sheila,  Sometimes you do not know about handymen and it takes a while to find a good one.

 

Feb 14, 2020 07:27 AM #23
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Thank you Will. I needed a lot more than a handy man. That said I am glad this is behind me.     Happy Valentines Day to you too.      Sheila

Feb 14, 2020 07:45 AM #24
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Grant Schneider
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Good morning Sheila - once the home is in order other things fall into place.  It certainly must be great to live in a Norman Rockwell town.

Feb 14, 2020 08:17 AM #25
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Grant. It is.        Sheila

Feb 14, 2020 08:22 AM #26
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Here's to a Happy Valentines Day and a wonderful New Year full of love and lots of positive stuff...

Feb 14, 2020 08:47 AM #27
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Beth and the same to you and Richard.        Sheila

Feb 14, 2020 08:50 AM #28
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Happy Valentines day. Interesting story.  Enjoyed reading it. 

Feb 14, 2020 10:03 AM #29
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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You do have a lot to feel blessed about in your life...

Happy Valentines Day to you and yours Sheila Anderson 

Feb 14, 2020 10:06 AM #30
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Sheila Anderson
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Thanks Sharon Lee. Happy V Day to you too.      Sheila

Feb 14, 2020 10:06 AM #31
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Thanks very much Paul and right back at you. :)     Sheila

Feb 14, 2020 10:07 AM #32
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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There is nothing worse than having a contractor that begins to slack off.  It is especially bad when your home is tore up in the process.  I haven't had it happen to me, but have witnessed it among folks I know.

Feb 14, 2020 04:09 PM #33
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Hello again Myrl. It was tough. All better now. TY      Sheila

Feb 14, 2020 04:57 PM #34
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Sheila- you've created a wonderful retirement home, complete with your dogs and your beautiful garden. 

Feb 14, 2020 07:57 PM #35
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Morning Sheila.

Once you moved to the Berkshires, your life became interesting. Most would have given up and left, not you

Feb 15, 2020 12:39 AM #36
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Thank you Kathy. I am happy here.     Sheila

Feb 15, 2020 04:08 AM #37
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Good morning James. Actually I don't think so. In for a dime, in for a dollar. TY   Sheila

Feb 15, 2020 04:09 AM #38
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Sharon Tara
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I remember the whole contractor thing. So frustrating. Frightening when you are a woman living alone too, and they know it. Glad you found someone you can trust.

Feb 15, 2020 07:04 AM #39
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Thank you Sharon. It was rough and I am so glad it is behind me. Enjoy your day.        Sheila

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finding a good contractor is like a miracle.  My daughter's has really turned out to be well... an a$$, but hopefully they will part ways very soon.

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Hi again Tammy. I certainly understand. Good luck.    TY       Sheila

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