Demon Murphy showed up on the last job with the drywall but things are still working out very well. I give most of the contractors an A+ on the job and a B grade goes to the contractor that broke the drain hose/ PVC connection while pulling out the washer to get at the drywall job. There was also a little over spray but Mom got it all cleaned up while it was damp.
We need to paint and I’m going with Kill-Z as my primer/sealer. Now that the contractors are done with their work, I need to paint. Once basic paint work is done I will post some pics. Overall I have had good luck picking contractors and the city of Nampa has a few more good solid contractors for the city. I got at least 3 bids for every job, several contractors I did not pick got into the city system for future jobs. It may sound a bit silly but all contractors were doggie tested and approved. I think animals pick up on body language and the pets don’t get faked out by those that talk a “good game”. Even the city of Nampa person was amazed about how great the people/contractors worked out. Well if my dog doesn’t like you. I’m going to give you some extra scrutiny. If my dog likes you, only normal levels of scrutiny.
While I don’t think I’m all that special. I think the city of Nampa folks likes me since I continue to make my yard great. It was a bit funny as a guy from the office asked where I got my cistern, mulch, soil and sod for the back yard project. I’m not alone on working towards some self-reliance. Every person that gets prepared or works towards self-reliance is one less target and one more potential ally.
Laying mulch pathways is not easy or cheap. It is a great way to add organic material to bad dirt and star building a topsoil as well as conserving water on lawns & gardens. Mulch is great for leveling dirt paths and provides a soft cushion if you fall. Hell just not worrying about twisting an ankle is worth all of the paths I have set done.
I’m at the lower end of the economic food chain and I got all this work done with some help of the city government and I’m sure some federal money was involve. These things can work and we should not throw the “baby out with the bath water”. These sort of jobs need to be focused on people that will improve them selves and not just looking for another handout.
I probably added a few grand of value just by cleaning up the stuff that was out of code. But I have seen this house valued as low as $55 grand and as high $135 grand. It’s just my little house I will make the best I can so it works for me. I ain’t looking to sell or take out a heloc.