This week I have been getting price estimates for everything I need, the list is getting very long and it's taking ages as I'm trying to get multiple quotes, I may give up on that idea.
I am also submitting this to estimating companies / builders merchants, but want the control of also doing it myself.
This morning the roofing company man rang me, asked some stupid questions and didn't listen to the answers as he talked over me.
He then said, I'll be there at 11. At 12:45 when I'd finished with the horses I rang him, he said "I'm just coming down the road"
No apologies for being late. I'd wanted HID to be there, but he had a problem at work. I'd tried ringing the roofing company to change the time, but no answer, left a voicemail, no response.
The barn is about 100m from the house up a slight slope, the reptile didn't want to go and look, saying that without the plans there was no point.
Anyway, eventually he did agree to look, but the whole time he kept making stupid statements like "So, it's a roof for the pigs", even though I had told him it was being converted to a dwelling.
He spotted that the 'L' had an asbestos roof and declared that he wouldn't go any nearer than 50' because of the danger.
Then my phone rang and it was HID.
I duly handed over the phone and a complete personality and attitude change happened to the reptile. He spoke sensibly, answered the questions I'd already asked, explained the process, suggested that we went to their factory to see how it works.
He also gave a very general ball park figure of 30 - 40k, which is what I actually wanted.
All this because he was talking to a man.
Once the phone call finished he handed me my phone and said, just email me the plans and we will get a proper estimate and walked off.
This all seemed to be because I'm a woman, who knows a lot more than HID about this whole process and what we want.
This is quite a disappointment for me as I will never agree to using this company even though they are our most local zinc roof supplier at only 25 miles away.
He also said that metal is no cheaper than zinc, I'm sure that's wrong and despite me saying that our planning specifies a zinc roof he kept trying to sell me a rubber roof.
His timing to install was, "about a month", really!!!
When I mentioned solar panels he said, just put them in one of your fields.
I feel quite strongly about using local suppliers where possible, but this has left a bad taste in my mouth and made me very wary of having people to the site when I'm on my own, if I'm not going to be taken seriously.
On a better note, the last gas check was done this morning, by a lovely man who even asked about my grandson as he remembered that I'd said it was due.
I would recommend this company to anyone, and thankfully they were local.
Once I receive the report then I can discharge the condition, tell CIL and start pulling things down.
Now, another week, more planning, I'm so looking forward to when I can do something, even thought ultimately the plans should make the process much more efficient in the long run.