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Submitted by sdduuuude on June 19, 2017 - 10:34am
Well, greetings from a long lost Pigg. Has been a long time since I checked in here. Much to tell about my housing ventures, and some favors to ask.
In a nutshell, we moved out of Clairemont, rented in Carmel Valley, bought a piece of property in Carmel Valley and are now under construction on a modern house there. No HOA. No Mello Roos. Zoned agricultural residential. SD Realtor responsible for making it happen.
Anyway, The house will be one of only a handful of houses in 92130 that are not Cali-Mediterranean, and possibly the only one where the the owner is neither a real-estate agent or contractor but did the general contracting himself.
It took a couple of years to pull the permit, and there were some delays in demolition of the existing house but we are well under construction now.
Construction is going pretty well but I am looking for some subcontractors and hoping the Piggs can help. Some of my subs are either flaky or creeping their prices up now that we are getting down to actual bids so I am looking to get some competitive bids going now.
Right now, I am looking for these:
I look for small one-owner companies where the owner lives in east county and is the guy selling the job and doing the work. And they often have a bad attitude, which is OK if they know what they are doing. If they have a sales guy wearing a polo shirt and the office or owner is in North County Coastal, I don't even want to look at them. They charge too much, for sure.
Take the swimming pool re-plastering, for example. I don't want a pool company. They will just go sub-contract out the work to the guy I want to hire directly. I want the guy who comes out w/ a jackhammer and two of his employees to get 'er done.
The under-floor radiant folks are particularly hard to find. I have found a few companies that will turnkey the system, but they farm out and mark-up all the work. I just want the little team that ties the piping to the steel under the concrete.
OK, Piggs, what-choo-got ?
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