I had been told that I'd be informed of the time of the inspector's arrival in the morning and at 8:30 a.m., the call came from the furnace company. The inspector will arrive between 10:00 a.m. and noon. I asked if a technician will also be present, as I had been told when the visit was scheduled, and was told that a company representative will be arriving "soon" (he arrived at 9:30 a.m., which was fine).
I asked when they would do the plastering, presuming the inspection passes. The person at the other end of the phone reacted as if it was news to her that the services of a plasterer will be required! "I will have to look up your contract to see if plastering was included." Um, according to what the company's rep who sold me the furnace had told me - they will install, have it inspected, and plaster the openings in the wall. "Oh, we will have to check your written contract and call you back." I assured her that it was in the contract.
But, after I got off the phone with her, I rechecked the written contract and, oh, no! It made no mention of the plastering! It was only in the verbal contract! I had been so overwhelmed by decision making or distracted by other things such as negotiating down the price that day, that I had overlooked checking the written contract to make sure that the plastering was also written down, along with the installation, inspection, etc.! Oh, how could I have been so remiss?
While I was fretting about that, the company's rep. arrived, introduced himself, took photos of the furnace, and told me that he will wait out in his truck for the inspector to arrive. I brought up the matter of the plastering with him and he said that, if the sales rep. had told me they will plaster and it is in the written contract, then, they will do that. At that point, I thought it was prudent not to say anything about the lack of mention of plastering in the written contract.
The inspector arrived around 10:30 a.m., spent less than five minutes inspecting, said something to the rep about something should be 1 inch and that it looked like it was about 1 inch, and I guess that was that! The rep confirmed that the inspector will sign off on things at his end before he left and I signed off on the statement that the rep had been here and he left, too. Before he left, I reminded him about the plastering, emphasizing the fact that I was a repeat customer of many years.
A short time later, the furnace company called to schedule the plastering! YAY! The plasterer will be here on Monday morning! Yes! I guess they realized that I will not pay that last $500 due on the furnace installation until the plastering was done! Last time, when they put in the furnace, the plastering was done without any fuss, even though there was no mention of it in the contract, then, either!
I guess the moral of the story is to scrutinize the written contracts to make sure that everything is spelled out!
Of course, it's rather ironic that the furnace was inspected on a day when we reached 90F as our daytime high! I had all the windows opened to warm up the house (which remained at least 10 degrees cooler than what it was outside) and sat outside for sometime while I enjoyed the other part of the watermelon I had cut, yesterday (daughter didn't think much of our homegrown watermelon, but, I thought it was quite good).
Today, I chatted with two of my cousins and friend A. I will chat with friend R, later in the evening.
Brunch had been a chicken sandwich (me; daughter had a salad); watermelon and mango for snacks; dinner will be leftover sausages with a baked potato (for me) or rice (daughter), and some of the second Korean dish that daughter had made, earlier. Dessert will be the rest of the pastries neighbor S had given.
Today, I am grateful that:
- The furnace was inspected and passed inspection
- The plastering has been included and scheduled
- I now have a working furnace that can be switched on when it gets cold
- The sunny, warm day
- Chats with family and friends
Today's joyful activity was having the furnace pass inspection and having the plastering scheduled!
Plans for tomorrow include having M tend to the garden and doing some laundry.
How was your Thursday? What are your plans for Friday?