|Re: Contractor Problems||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: The CoHousing Company (cohocohousingco.com)|
|Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 13:24:51 -0500|
Dear Denise, and others, I agree with what John Adams said. You try to find the best that you can afford. Sometimes, its just a matter of bad timing--a builder or other professional who generally does a good job but gets overwhelmed one year--usually by something that has nothing to do with their work (marriage, kids, sickness, an acident). A good contract set up a system to deal with disagreements, problems should you hit them but can do little to completely avoid them. Katie McCamant John said: After 25 years of designing and building, and hundreds of contracts negotiated with clients, contractors, and subcontractors, I find that I still don't know much about building, but I have learned a bit about human nature. Our competitive building system is truly contrary to good collaborative work. I second the sentiments of those members of your development group who suggest that one can over-protect to the point that it becomes counter-productive. But I'll take it a step further. If your contractor has given you any indications that he/she is going to be trouble you've got the wrong contractor. The only way to assure that you've got the right contractor is to hire your contractor the same way you'd hire a doctor to do a difficult and specialized procedure to your body - you go out and get the best person for the job, someone who comes highly recommended, someone who inspires trust and confidence, someone with whom your communication is direct and satisfying, someone who does what they say they'll do without question or excuses. Then you trust that person to do a good job. And they will. Cost is important, but secondary. An individual like the one described above may not give you the lowest price, but you can be sure it is a fair one. Never accept a low price - it will turn out to be the opposite. The contract has a very special purpose: to remind everyone later what the parties' intentions were long ago when it was negotiated, and to be a record of the relationship of trust both parties entered into willingly and hopefully. It should express both parties' responsibilities and expectations. If you try to protect in such a way that the contract will serve you during litigation, you're on the wrong track, because if it ever gets to litigation everyone loses. Best of luck with it - John Abrams South Mountain Co., Inc. and Island Cohousing Chilmark MA The CoHousing Company "Architectural Design and Consulting Services towards the formation of CoHousing Communities" email: coho [at] cohousingco.com web site: www.cohousingco.com tel. 510-549-9980, fax 510-549-2140 1250 Addison St. #113 Berkeley, CA 94702
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