Remember when I posted this picture? It was back in February, when life was crazy with pre-sale renovations on our old house.
We got over that insanity, only to jump into it once more here.
Things seemed to finally be getting back to normal around here until we received a letter the other day. It stated that the folks who replaced the carpet (above) almost 8 months ago had never been paid by our contractor.
Yes, a certified letter from an attorney, naming the contractor, but also naming us and the new owners of our old house, as liable for $287.50.
Two hundred eighty-seven dollars and fifty cents that we ALREADY PAID.
Seven months ago.
We called the contractor. Of course, no answer. We called our attorney, and basically he said just to pay it. By the time you pay legal fees proving you've already paid it and that you are not liable for the bill, you end up paying more than the bill was to begin with.
And while you're going through all that, they can put a lien on your NEW house. ARGGH!!!
They have you where they want you.
So today I drug my feet to the bank and had a cashier's check made out to the flooring company.
I am SO bumming.
I'm bumming because we really liked our contractor. He did a good job. He was in our home with his crews for a month, and you begin to think you know a person. He has a wife and a little girl Ruthie's-4 age.
It's not the amount. I am thankful we have it to pay, although I'd much rather be using it for something else.
Mostly I'm bumming at the unfairness of it all. I am paying for carpet I've already paid for, in a house I don't even live in anymore!! And is the next subcontractor going to come and do the same thing?
I guess that's why the verse Neal-13 wrote on the carpet seven months ago takes on extra meaning. I like the "real" version, but in light of the circumstances, I made my own translation:
The carpet fades,I need to work on giving my frustration over to a God who sees all and knows all, and will someday judge all things. Meanwhile, I guess I'll put a stamp on the envelope to the attorney's office.
and the contractors fall into bankruptcy,
But the Word of our God stands forever.
Isaiah 40:8, Raising Five Version