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?
By receiving the payment and agreeing to take on our condo renovations, he bound himself to finish his work.
But that's just me. Apparently, some people don't operate that way and will come up with all sorts of excuses to put off complying with their obligation.
I'm still thinking if I will have him blacklisted from our condo compound because I know he has done several projects within the compound and hopes to do more. When I was feeling particularly vindictive, I even toyed with the idea of looking for his daughter, who's a graduating student at the aeronautics college beside our condo compound, and giving her a piece of my mind since her father has made himself scarce. But that's just mean and uncalled for.
Hay nako. Maybe it just says a lot about how naive I am, but I can't imagine not going through with something I promised I would. In fairness to the guy, who incidentally just showed up while I was typing this post, it does appear as if he intends to finish the job, but only at his own, glacial-like pace. And if somebody else taps him for a job, he won't think twice about taking it and leaving us hanging for the next few days, because he'll get paid there while he has already received his fees from us.
I don't think I'll be blacklisting him from our condo compound, because it does look as if he will finish the job, but I definitely won't be recommending him to my friends and family members. That seems fair enough.