Well things have just about come to a complete stand still - on M's end anyway. Its fast approaching 3 weeks since our original 'final contract meeting' and only a few queries have been answered / resolved.
The few they have answered to date appear reasonable, except one provisional amount. I wasn’t happy with the number of the provisional amounts and requested they do whatever… to define / quantify them. Anyway long story short, the one provisional amount for $6k that they have come back to us has now turned into a provisional amount of $12k…. That’s a 100% movement. Needless to say we will be reassessing the need for this item altogether.
On our side of things, I’ve met with the demolisher I’m most comfortable with and discussed all things re demolishing. He has been recommended to me by a friend and his initial quote was very competitive. We were also able to work the price as well. He is also happy for me to remove anything I can sell from the old house. This may sound odd, but some demolishers claim they have offset the salvage value of items into their quote.
My demolisher is old school – get in and get out. They come in with a truck and a big arse digger and push it all over. He’ll grab any vegetation at ground level and pluck them clean out of the ground. The ‘ultimate gardeners tool’ as he puts it. We have had all utilities abolished, so only two other items ahead of the demo.
Firstly, I’ve also arranged for a local ‘renovators paradise’, supplier of second-hand building materials specialising in antique/period items, to come in and quote for anything they have an interest in. The house was originally built in the late 20 / early 30’s and has many original fittings and fixtures which could make this process worthwhile. They are even interested in what hardwood flooring is under the carpets. Anything I can get will offset the cost of demolishing the old place.
Secondly, although I have the council’s approval to demolish the house, I also need its approval to remove one tree which is governed by the councils ‘tree protection laws’. It’s a non-native on the boundary, which the neighbour wants removed so it should not be a problem to be granted approval. Everything else is under its size requirements, so plucked they will be.
Hopefully next time we blog, M will have answered some of our queries.