- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
…that sometimes to save money, you have to spend money.
Basically, long story short, I was wanting to get my bathroom done for ages. It was old, mouldy and deperately needed replacing. I bought all the bits, taps, sink, toilet, tiles etc so that all I would need to pay for in a lump would be labour.
I got a guy out for a quote, who quoted me for £3,000. I thought this was a huge amount. A family friend offered to do it for £800.
I’m sure you can see where this is going :/
The bathroom is a mess. Tiles are not even, grouting is horrendous. There were leaks all over the place, and I’m worried that something is leaking in the walls that we can’t see. There were pipes going into the walls that were leaking, that he said he fixed, so it is a possibility. Other leaks that he says he ‘fixed’ are still leaking now. The general level of workmanship is frightening. The seal around the bath is not done properly, so it wouldn’t surprise me if water was leaking behind the bath.
Oh, and forgot to mention, the original guy who was doing it has now just stopped coming back. It is mostly ‘finished’ but he keeps cancelling, or not turning up on days that we have organised. All throughout I have asked him to change things I wasn’t happy with, and he hasn’t, or redone it, and done it as badly as before. The problem is that he is a family friend, I was in his daughter’s wedding. He is also ill, which is why I wanted to give the job to a friend who needed it. 5 years ago I saw a bathroom he had done which was brilliant, but I guess he has just gotten more and more ill since that time. I don’t think there is any point in asking him to come back since he clearly isn’t up to it, and he doesn’t turn up anyway.
I don’t feel safe, and I want it redone.
He quoted me 800 for the labour, so by the time we bought extra tiles cause he fucked up, pipes, grouting stuff etc etc, I have spent close to 2,000 now, which annoys me, since I should have just forked out the 3,000 the first time.
So, what I was wondering is: is it a really stupid idea to take out a loan to get it redone? My savings for this are gone now, both on bathroom stuff, and another few expenses.
I like to think I’m money savvy. We have no debts apart from mortgage, and our interest rate has dropped so we are paying low monthly amounts. My plan before this was to build up 6 months emergency fund, and overpay on the mortgage. I’m wondering if it would be better to get this done so that nothing major happens, like mould infestation, or broken pipes etc leading to issues with walls, which could end up costing more in the long run.
Sorry for the giant wall of rambling text also, it’s a subject I’m now very emotional about it since it’s been an ongoing saga for over 6 months at this point.