Honestly, I have no clue. I do, however, know where Mario is…
Remember Mario, the painting contractor who did such a great job with one of my mother’s projects that she offered to have him do paint work for me as a Christmas gift? Yep, that Mario is apparently in Mexico. Since my last update, Mario did actually have some guys come in and do work in my home. I was very happy with how quickly they began work and accomplished some of the drywall patching jobs that were on the to-do list…. but then they just stopped showing up (and that was two weeks ago)!
After a few days of unanswered calls, my mom received a voicemail from a woman. Apparently she was Mario’s sister calling to let us know that Mario couldn’t (ever) finish the job because he was stuck in Mexico (?), but her uncle could come finish it if we would just pay the amount we promised Mario. The whole story sounded a little fishy so we didn’t call back immediately. Later, the woman called again (apparently now she’s Mario’s wife) with a new story and a new plan for meeting up and finishing the job.
What was the motivation for this woman to try to coordinate the project for Mario? Oh, because they didn’t have any money yet. That’s right, we hadn’t paid for the job… you know, the #1 remedy for a MIA contractor… it apparently worked again.
At this point, we’ll probably end up cutting ties with Mario and just pay him for the work completed. By refusing to pay upfront, we stayed in control of the situation and will walk away without losing a cent :).
Wow, my kitchen is making so much progress... the holes are patched, walls painted, backspash tiled, countertops updated.... I'm so excited to share the updates (soon!).
What do you value most in someone you hire for home improvement work: dependability or affordability?
…and because I know you’re wondering: Yes, I did host party #1 of the Ten Party Project last night! As promised, I’ll post a full recap next week.