So right now, I’m adding a deck to the side of the house.
I’m working with a really great contractor: Tom.
Tom really took the time to understand what I wanted to accomplish, and I agreed to the bid that he submitted.
The next morning, he showed up with his crew.
I was surprised and asked: “What are you doing here?”
He said: “You said that the bid looked good, so we’re ready to get started.”
Wow… after my real estate flipping nightmare with the house on the lake, I never thought it would be possible for contractors to show up when they say they would and actually get started.
I said “Oh, ok… yeah, that sounds good”, went back inside, closed the door and made a little happy dance 🙂
Tom got to work, and after a couple of hours, he knocked on the door:
“Can I show you something real quick?”
I said “Sure!” and walked with him outside.
He then showed me that the existing porch that we wanted to extend was completely off-level. It was not just a little bit: It was so off-level that it would have made a great marble track!
He said there are 2 solutions: 1
- Just leave it as is and build the extension off-level, too, with the possibility of running into problems in a few years, or
- Fix the existing porch, which would cost around $1,900.
For a moment, I started to feel like Tom Hanks in the movie “The Money Pit”. If you have never seen it, you should definitely watch it. It’s hilarious.
Anyhow, my first instinct was to save $1,900 and just leave everything as crooked as it is.
Who knows, maybe I WILL use the porch for a marble track?
But my dad is an engineer, and he always stressed the importance of “doing it right” from the beginning.
When I was a kid, I sometimes got annoyed with this “do it right” attitude of my dad.
But I must admit: It has always served me well.
When Sergey, our software project manager, asks me for a decision, I always ask “What’s the RIGHT way to do it?”
Because I believe in high quality, and I’m determined to make the software the “best trading software in the world”
I choose to do things “the right way”, even if it costs more and takes a little bit more time – Thanks, Dad!
But it has always served me well, even though sometimes it’s very tempting to take a shortcut.
So I decided to go with Tom’s recommendation, invested the $1,900 and we fixed the existing porch.
When it’s all done, I’ll show you some pictures.