I’ve now added carpenter to my list of wannabe skills. My tenants improvements completed today and passed the city’s inspection. Walking through, I noticed that the closet did not have any shelves installed. Apparently, my contractor wanted an additional $500 for four 30 inch wooden shelves! I passed and decided to install them myself. I just looked through a bunch of do-it-yourself websites, and completed it for $100 plus $50 in tools. It took me a little over an hour, and it wasn’t that difficult to do. One of the shelves isn’t level by about 2 mm, but I think it looks decent overall. I can’t believe my contractor wanted to charge me 5 times the cost of the materials! They are going to switch the mismatched cabinet doors for me at “no charge,” and I can’t help but think they’re overquoting me with the shelves to recoup this cost. There still are a few things that need to be touched up and addressed, but my office is move-in ready now. I already moved a couple of things into my office today, and it felt sooooo good.
But man, my contractor really had a weak finish. Since the cabinet issue, my project manager has been taking a few days to return my e-mails and calls. In the beginning, he was on the ball, responding to most queries within a few hours. Also, lately, they’ve been slower to get things done, and have overlooked a few minor items. The final 5% of the project took 2 weeks, whereas the first 95% took a little over 5 weeks. Even though the big picture won’t change, it’s amazing how the lack of communication over minor issues can significantly affect one’s opinion of the service he or she received. I can now somewhat understand why patients get frustrated with us when we don’t return phone calls promptly, and when we trivialize and ignore what we consider to be insignificant questions and concerns.
If I were to give a Yelp review, I would give my contractor 4 stars because of the not so strong finish. Still, overall, they did a great job, and I’m very happy with how my office turned out. My goal now is to move in 90% of my stuff from my apartment to my office by Monday.
Here’s some pics of my completed office.
Main Waiting Area (From Entrance)
Entrance into Clinic (From Main Waiting Area)
View Toward Dilation Waiting Room (From Reception Area)
Diagnostics Room with Electrical Closet and Door to Maine Waiting Area (From Hallway)
Empty Exam Room
I’m almost done moving in. I’ll post pictures when I’m done with decorating probably by the end of the week.