Ok I just got off the phone with Natalie. The problem isn't that Eddie isn't licenced. He had a situation with getting his Workman's comp and liability insurance straightened out. He sent in the payment as of the end of March but never got the appropriate paperwork back to show that he is in fact bonded.
Apparently he just hasn't taken the time to get everything worked out yet. Natalie talked to her realtor friend that recommended him and she said that she has used Eddie for over 10 years and nothing like this has ever happened. She also said that he does the best work she has ever seen and she wouldn't eve begin to know who else to recommend.
So he is supposed to go first thing Monday morning and get this straightened out. If he doesn't then Natalie and, surprisingly, the seller's realtor has already called around to get it set up to use someone else. The only problem with that is, that we will have to go back and redo the codicil in the contract for the work to say that the new contractor is doing the work instead of Eddie which means we may not get the work even started until Wed at the soonest. Hopefully, Eddie can get this bonded issue worked out so we can just move forward with him.
I actually do understand where the sellers are coming from with this. I can't really go into any details to protect their privacy but they have been through absolute hell and after what they went through I can totally understand why they would want to take every precaution to ensure they are covering their butts on everything.
To be honest, I think the fact that we know the sellers has made this thing much more difficult than if we didn't. J. works with them everyday. Both the husband and his wife, while friends, are still his bosses which makes it hard. But even worse is knowing their situation. Anyone that knew what happened there would be a total bastard if they didn't have complete sympathy and compassion for what they are going through.
In fact, that's the main reason I have only complained about their realtor here. They have just been through so much I don't feel good about adding to their problems. This causes problems though, because I just don't see how we are going to get everything done for an April 30th close date. I think it will be at least a week later.
I am also worried about the VA Appraiser. He informed Natalie that the work on the house has to be done no later than May 2nd. He is leaving town on May 4th for something like 3 weeks. We could request another Appraiser to come out and review the work to sign off on it but that's a really bad idea as a new Appraiser might be even more picky than this one has been and come up with another list of things that just HAVE to be taken care of that in reality don't.
LOL I have to admit, when this thing is over, it would take ALOT for me to go through this again. The stress is just incredible. At times I wonder if it is really worth it but then I think of the house and how happy we are going to be there. The fact that we will be working, finally, towards owning a home of our own, that we can paint the walls hot pink if we want to (and unfortunately my daughter does *bleh*), and how much fun its going to be to do the remodel and make the house into what we want it to be.
Well, have a great day! I am going to go hang out at EN and IAFF to take my mind off what I can't help so maybe I will see you there!