Our condo still looks as if a bomb exploded in it because I made the mistake of giving in to the carpenter's repeated requests of payment advances. So now that he has been fully paid, it's become a headache to get him to come in and finish the work. My husband was supposed to be the one managing the repairs, but he was suddenly bedridden because of horrible back pains almost right when we began our condo renovations, thus, the task fell to me. And silly me, with my little experience with managing workers, didn't know that the balance of fees has the effect of the proverbial carrot on the stick. Now that the carpenter has eaten, digested and crapped out the carrot, what's his incentive for coming over and finishing his work?