Monday, October 24, 2011

House Construction - SAMPLE CONTRACT

I know I already wrote Part 3 when we were still at my parents house but when we moved I forgot all about it besides moving in pala is not EASY. We still have loads of stuff left there and we couldnt yet figure out where to put it here, just when I thought the closets are enough haaaay. OPLAN GARAGE SALE na ito!!!

Anyway, since we havent hired a contractor for the whole house we need assurance in case something happened during or after the construction and a contract is valuable tool for that.

here's one of our contracts, dates and amount is the same but no we dont live in blah blah subdivision :D


Contractor, name and address, shall furnish all materials and perform all work shown on the drawing or described in the specificiation on the attached quotation to work performed on property located at: Lot x block xx R street blah blah blah blah

Commence on June 22, 2011 and shall substantially completed by July 14, 2011.

Steel Truss
materials Php 53,885
Labor 21,000
Sub-total 74,885
Roof – Rib type 79,600
Spandrel 35,200
Total 189,685

Payment of the Contract price shall be paid in the following manner:
• Cash on delivery for the materials
• Labor cost will be paid after completion of
1. steel truss
2. Rib type roof
3. Spandrel

Contractor warrants all work for a period of 12 months following completion.
Materials have warranty of 10 years.

All work shall be completed in a workmanship like manner.
All change orders shall be in writing and signed by both Owner and Contractor.
Contractor warrants it is adequately insured for injury to its employees.
Contractor shall not be liable for any delay due to circumstances beyond its control.

Agreement made this June 23, 2011 between the undersigned:

CONTRACTOR ____________________________

OWNER : ____________________________

I got to tell you that this thing works, they work best when they sign something. And if you want scary stories since halloween is fast approaching I'll give you one.
One of our neighbors started contruction I think January when we started building ours theirs isn't finished yet. WHY? Because the contractor left them after they gave them the substantial amount to complete. Now they are finishing their house at an additional cost. It pays to have your contracts written, natatakot kasi sila pag may pinipirmahan feeling nila makukulong sila :D

Sunday, October 23, 2011

House Construction 101 - Part2 -Revisions

We commissioned someone to draw early January, 12th to be exact. The final draft came out February 18. That's not the blue print yet ha, only the last draft. By final draft I mean both us and the draftsman have agreed on the drawing finally. It took us more than a month to finalize the plan and it didnt help that the one we commissioned and us doesnt agree with everything.

Do not hesitate to ask for revisions even if it takes you 20 revisions or even a hundred if you dont like what he's showing you dont buy it, it is your house and if you wont be happy with the drawing you wouldnt be happy with the outcome too. Thing is, some charges for revisions so be sure to write every detail that you want to change in the first draft. If he gives the revised draft and he didnt changed everything you have listed it is his fault. Otherwise, you'll be spending money on drawings.

Tip: Make sure you hire a good one. Ours tried to draw the first drafts by hand, oh gulay, "she said she'd revised it naman so kamay na lang, and samin naman eh magbabayad naman kami bakit di mo pa gawin na autocadd." But wait there's more, I wont elaborate but after a month we are stressed out.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Pedring - Sept 2011

It was Tuesday, when Typhoon Pedring struck Luzon with its 140KPH wind - it brought havoc to Manila including The Bay area, The Sofitel, US Embassy, Mall of Asia and merely all establishment near Manila Bay. I wonder what happened to the Ocean Park. The storm had super strong wind and the high tide last Tuesday afternoon made the water overflow the seawall and made Taft Avenue and Pedro Gil huge swimming pools.

Pedring also swept us here in our house. 3am I woke up and asked Alvin if that sound was a carabao! Yep, I typed it right I really thought it was a carabao as I heard "Ngaaaaa Ngaaaa" not "Mooo" for cow. Pinoy si Pedring eh :p He said it was the wind, I wasnt bothered even though I kept a mental note to look at our sliding windows later that day. Husband went to the office via commute, car is banned to go to Manila as it ends with number 2. While me and Thea are set to NOT go to school because the wind is quite heavy and it would be very difficult to drive. 8am husband called to tell me work was cancelled, I panicked because we got no food so when the wind tamed down a little I went to the market to get food. Going there was smooth, going back to the house was intense. I got a text that water was leaking from the sliding windows of the blue and pink rooms. A mess really and a lot of stress too because we need to vacuum the water out of our laminated flooring - oh yes the floor upstairs are laminated and they should be supposedly dry at all times.
Note to all who plan to build their house, dont put sliding window na. There are new french windows that are beautiful unlike the 80's window there are modern ones, this will prevent water from going in because they got no gap. Or if you really as in lily lily like to have a sliding window opt for te UPVC window that got super protection for strong winds and heavy rains, these upvc however is 300% more expensive than the usual ones.

Thursday came, rain is not quite heavy nor the wind were, when my little town flood-prone Calumpit Bulacan became popular in the news as it is flooded in an unusual way. Calumpit is the catch basin of the water coming from higher municipalities so when nearby town got flood the people of our little town prepares for our 2-day late floodwater. The water was not what they expect it, its waaaay beyond the normal flood that come and goes Calumpit. The usual "bukong-bukong" high (ankle deep) flood now reached chest deep (Filipino standard) high. What made the Calumpitenos worry was there are still 2 more typhoon coming our way, ouchy. People from the lowest areas started to evacuate, a day later people from not so low area are scrambling because water has reached their place. Friday afternoon water reached our house in Poblacion it's height is same with the Calumpit bridge, river overOVERflowed.
We got 11 evacuees in our house here in La Res 7 nephews and nieces and the other four are family members of Thea's yaya. Now I know why our house has to be built this year,should had it been postponed I dont know where we'll go. I can imagine myself stressed out during those days and nights when we have no water and electricity in Nanay E's house.

The kids and Ate Yos' family stayed here September 27 until October 7, I am a chef all day. Before going to bed I have to plan the next day's meal! I tried champorado, lugaw, sopas those I can cook in bulk because we are like at most 15 in the house. At first we all had hotdogs and eggs and sinigang for dinner after a few days stocks get low and we were eating tilapia, luncheon meat and longganisa. I baked on their first day but when I realized our LPG might not make it, I didnt try baking again until we could pass the road to get a reserve LPG.
Saturday October 1, me, ate lalah and alvin went to Calumpit to bring drinking water to Nanay and Tatay and to 7 more evacuees - relatives and friends. Here are the pics from our quest to the waterworld:

We walked from UPPC up to Calumpit Market where the water was up to my waist, rode a banca from the market (4ft high) to crossing (cost us 30pesos each) and walked again till we reached our house. It took us an hour to wade the water but we were happy to see everyone including those who evacuated were safe! thank you Lord. Going home Alvin saw a huge truck passed our house and we run for it as it will cross the market and will take people to Caltex station. At the station another truck is waiting to take people to bagbag bridge.

This is the first truck - Philippine Navy's, covered and we got seats!

The second truck going to Bagbag is a dump truck, that you have to climb from a ladder on the side to get on top and then jump where the rest of the people are. Can you see the lady on the left side, the boys were helping her to go down. Alvin was at the front I dont know how he got there. We were joking that they will dump us when we get to Bagbag, they did not hooray! Bad news is we had to go down the steep stairs and it is not EASY.
By the way, here's my in-laws house in San Marcos. Usually flood is like a ruler deep inside the house now there's barely a ruler left on the front door.

We here in Calumpit are very grateful for the overflowing help you guys gave! Thank you sooo sooo much for the prayers and the relief goods that you sent. May God bless you hundredfold.

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