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154 days ago
OK, so it’s not strictly woodworking, but I’m in a bit of a quandary here. A woman I did some work for a couple of years ago got in touch to ask if I could renovate her Mother in Law’s bathroom. Total rip out and refit. The job is now done apart from a bit of grouting, getting rid of the rubbish and giving her the bill.
This job has taken two weeks, but all the time, her husband has been like a wasp in my ear “me Mother’s getting anxious, she wants to move back in, when can she move back in?” – checking in at lunch time, checking in in the evening “when can me Mother move back in?”. So to expedite the return of this guy’s ancient mother, I have absolutely busted my nuts to get this done, 11, 12, 14, 15 hour days. Of course, it wasn’t an easy job, it was an old house of dubious construction, with unexpected surprises. The whole floor was rotten, the concrete subfloor had a tar dampcourse that had a layer of water underneath, pipes had to be channelled into the floor (under a shower tray) and tiling on uneven walls. You get the picture. 130 hours of dust and hard graft.
So now I’ve worked out the bill, labour only, and even if I only charge what everyone else charges here, it still comes to a lot. But it’s not like I’ve spent hours drinking tea and smoking fags and talking about the state of the nation.
Everything that needed to be done has been done – and done properly, and neatly – and it was hard and I was focused on it all the time. And with the end now in sight it’s like I have an Angel on one shoulder saying “she’s an elderly widow, don’t charge that much, give her a discount” and a demon on the other shoulder saying “Don’t be a sap, you earned that money, midnight finishes? take it, take it all”
So who would you listen to?