Young family looking to shift & settle in Uttranchal - seek your advice

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#1696 Dec 28th, 2018, 09:14
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Leaving construction to a contractor without any supervision, simply not done. Any member of your family who can oversee?
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Hi Aupmanyav,
My dad will visit once every 45 days or so and may be brothers as well once in a while. I know I am up for a big challenge. I donít see myself coming back to India in immediate future but want to build this lot for my parents to spend some peaceful time of their retirement. Big task indeed. I am sure this situation with me will cost me something. My attempt is to limit the cost of lack of self supervison, size and define this cost upfront, and find a contractor who can complete my work within the predefined parameters of quality, time, and cost.
So much appreciate your concerns. Any suggestion welcome!
Thank you.
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There is a guy who did some work for me. He stays at the site until the work is completed, so if you want I can give his number.
If you find my posts confrontationist, please bear, I am an old frustrated guy who has nothing better to do than sit on rocking chair and curse the world whole day
#1699 Dec 28th, 2018, 21:41
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Originally Posted by Shubhamastu View Post Hello everyone,
Hope you are all having a perfect end of the year!
Back again to seek help in this forum. I have almost finalized layout and drawings of my dream-home with the help of a professional architect. I am faced with construction question now. Any recommendations on construction contractors pls? I am sure some of you might have used directly or may know your friends's contractors who have done good work.
My lot is in Kasiyalekh area on Parvada road. Building a 1500 Sq. Ft. footprint, single storied, on a two step land.
Due to my current job location, I wouldn't be able to supervise frequently (may be once every 2-3 months at most), so choice of contractor is very critical for me.
Pls advise if you have a suggestion, and I can PM you for contact details.
Thanks in advance.
Shubhamastu
Dear friend,
As suggested by others, you will have a tough time supervising and the final quality of construction may not reach your level of satisfaction, although I was supervising mine atleast once a month, but the quality remains a lot to be desired of, as after construction, it is difficult to re-do. I was using my phone and Whatsap is good tool, you can tie up with your contractor to send to daily progress through photographs, although you may have to foot part of his cell bill, but it is a very effective way of monitoring.
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Thank you Jjituyadav ji and SRB ji for your inputs.
Jituyadavji - I will PM you to request contact of the contractor you mentioned in your post.

SRB ji - sure, the idea of oversight thru Whatsapp/daily picture progress is a good one. Do you thik your contractor would be willing to work in my area? If you can pass on the contact, I would like to speak with him as well if possible.

Jo matter how much we try remotely, some compromises will have to be made when managing this process without personal supervision. :-(
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Originally Posted by srb810 View Post I was using my phone and Whatsap is good tool, you can tie up with your contractor to send to daily progress through photographs, although you may have to foot part of his cell bill, but it is a very effective way of monitoring.
Will we know through Whatsap as to what ingredients is the contractor putting in the mixture?
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Originally Posted by Shubhamastu View Post Thank you Jjituyadav ji and SRB ji for your inputs.
Jituyadavji - I will PM you to request contact of the contractor you mentioned in your post.

SRB ji - sure, the idea of oversight thru Whatsapp/daily picture progress is a good one. Do you thik your contractor would be willing to work in my area? If you can pass on the contact, I would like to speak with him as well if possible.

Jo matter how much we try remotely, some compromises will have to be made when managing this process without personal supervision. :-(
The contractor was not reliable as he ended up taking our money and not completing the project.
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Originally Posted by Aupmanyav View Post Will we know through Whatsap as to what ingredients is the contractor putting in the mixture?
Something is better than nothing. I do not know whether you have any experience about the laborers of the hills. They are supposed to work from 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM, but will arrive and gather only by 10.30 or so and then head for cup of tea, a second round at around 12.00 Noon and then at around 3.00 and round up at 4.30 for last cup of tea, especially during winter months. Through photographs you can atleast gauge the progress made on daily basis and ask them to record video at time to mixing by making a sudden call... there are certain uses of technology, which we can utilize to our benefit...
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Originally Posted by Shubhamastu View Post Jituyadavji - I will PM you to request contact of the contractor you mentioned in your post.
I tried to contact him but could not, will PM you the details once I check with him and make it sure he is sincere to work that side and will not transfer it to someone else.

My personal experience, never depend on contractors, and never go for complete contract of construction. Let the guy be only a supervisor with you deciding what material to buy, how much cement to be used etc etc. If there is no urgency, then don't hurry, wait until you find someone to be on the site or someone you can trust. Always decide in writing what you want, draft a contract, not that it is of much help, but still.
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Excellent advice, Jituji.
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