Originally Posted by nikeman
I am ready for it to be done. Its raining now even though its not supposed to rain for the next 6 or 7 days so its break time to see what happens with the weather. When he tore the ledger off from where the stairs were the metal flashing was not even half way down the plywood and water has rotted part of that to a point that it might need to be replaced! Theirs no paper or anything on it either which worries me a little about the rest of the house. I guess when you do something major to your house your bound to open a can of worms..
Aint that the truth. Murphy's law in effect.
I've learned from home renovations that things will ALWAYS take longer than expected, and costs very likely will rise due to unforeseen things (things not being level/flat, needing reinforcement/etc). It's one of the reasons many contractors bid higher, because homeowners hate hearing "oh, we found something and it's going to cost X more." That's why I find hiring contractors honestly requires decent knowledge beforehand, so you know what has to be done, and any problems they come across are in fact problems, and how much is reasonable to pay extra to cover them. I have no problem paying extra if some extra problems pop up. I think the best contractors are the ones that show you the problem and try to explain what needs to be done, much like a car mechanic, so you don't feel like you're getting ripped off.
I hate bringing my car in for a state safety inspection and having a mechanic coming back just saying "X is wrong or X needs to be replaced" without showing me the problem. If it's something simple like an axle boot or cv boot/etc, showing the customer the problem only takes a minute but goes a long way towards making them trust you. Good luck.
One piece of advice is try to avoid digging the holes for the footings and leaving them uncovered if it's going to rain the day of or before the inspection. Sometimes it can soften up the ground and the inspector will find the ground not solid enough and make you dig deeper and have it reinspected. Heck, even if you are deep enough according to code and the ground feels semi-soft (they use a rod to measure the hardness of the ground), keep digging a few more inches or so till you hit more solid ground. It'll save you time in the long run.