Sometimes karma comes fast, remember I blog about the bad neighbor just Monday? God send me for a testing for the things I preached and I failed the test.
Firstly, I work in construction line, I dun mind the noise pollution during renovation.
Secondly, I am comfortable in having Indian workers in my house since I see more in site (and sometimes half naked) so I am alright with them.
Thirdly the dust generated during the hacking is acceptable to me since I stayed outside of my room during the hacking works.
BUT BUT BUT!!!!! ( I will sound like some complaint bitch from here)
Despite being acceptable and enduring all these, the behavior of my contractor is beyond comprehend and unacceptable.
I know that hacking cause dust and debris, why didn’t the contractor do anything to reduce it? I asked the supervisor to close the door during hacking and he said no and give me lousy reason like ventilation for his workers.
I saw them saying canvas that is sandy and dusty. Seriously, I don’t see a need because the first day, the worker did not even use wheelbarrow to remove the debris. They contain the debris into sand bags and took them out.
Then the supervisor left them and they start the hacking as I was in the living room, I did not noticed that the debris and dust was actually created with the opened door.
After try finished, his worker asked me for broom. Yup, my house dun have broom because I use vacuum!! He said okay and keep his stuff and left. He did told me that he finished before he left.
To my horror, the situation in my room was bad. I had bits hacked material was everywhere in my room. Not to mentioned that my room is covered with dust. My heart sank. I then walked out and saw grey and green stuff on the floor in my living room. I assume they are the remaining liquids from the canvas.
I then vacuum, mopped the floor twice, vacuum and mopped again but I can still feel the dusty and some bits of hacked material.
Then another supervisor came and see if the work is done properly. He bought someone along who I assume to be some inspector. I complained that the cleaning was not done. He replied saying they don’t clean up ur house after work, the most they sweep.
Hello, uncle! you can bluff others but not me okay!! In construction, contractors are supposed to be liable for the housekeeping and also if any part of the public item is damaged. (They are supposed to reinstate back to its original position)
He left as I told him I cleaned the house already and surely I am fuming mad when I hear his irresponsible speech.
They came and apply the waterproofing paint and said they will be backed in 3 hours.
I specially asked them as i was planning to buy some stuff in the afternoon. However, they only came back 5.30pm. Honestly, I am disappointed because they finished at 9.30am and they took 8 hours to be back and did not call to inform. I wasted my whole afternoon waiting for nothing. In addition, they came back only after kk called them at 5pm saying that they are reaching soon.
I expect no dust but still I see the same dusty canvas. I am okay if I am doing full renovation but the condition of the canvas is so dusty that I really do not want them to opened it but the workers opened again. Today they did used the wheelbarrow so I decided to forgive them for opening.
However, they still did not clean before they left. As usual, I cleaned everything for them again.
Honestly laying of tiles should be reasonably cleaned still grinding the edge is not. The dust is much lesser but still no housekeeping was done.
Kk knew how upset I was because after all the cleaning, I am just too tired to go to gym. In addition despite cleaning so much still it is dusty in my room. He kept quiet because I initially told him to try to postpone as long as possible as we are shifting house again. I expect there will be dust and after we shift, the dust and debris doesn’t matter.
My thoughts on this toilet repair renovation?
Firstly, the contractor only worked Mon to Fri (normal working time) and Sat (half day) so this make the inspection very troublesome. All of us living here are working and kk used his lunchtime to let the contractor inspect. Why should we do that? We are opening out house and they SHOULD cater to our timing.
Secondly, I was actually quite shocked that HDB contractor do not do cleaning up work. One of my friend who also undergo upgrading works on toilet told me they dun clean for us de.
Wow. So working in renovation is easier and better than working in construction. In construction if we dirtied anything outside the site boundary, we will be fined by NEA. If we dun do housekeeping, it is actually a safety offence.
Thirdly, since cleaning up is not part of their work and it cause my living space to be dusty and dangerous (bits of debris). I guess unless I see their method statement and SWP or I will never let them in. I am the tenant of the house so I think I have this rights to do it right?
Lastly, I will be writing a complain letter to HDB of their poor behavior and if HDB does nothing, next time such thing happens again, I will do nothing too. 🙂
PS: this is way off my limits. I believe they must do something with regards to the dust and debris. Imagine a kid stepping on the sharp bits of debris? Just too dangerous to think about it.