annieb8822

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  • Location Germany
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  • Year of birth 1960
  1. Protocol with Handwerkers

    LeonG we are up on the north coast and we have no problem with roofers or painters. your roofers sound like our plumbers. First we started out asking the previous owner. One came looked and went away. then the seller recommended another bloke. he looked and left promising to return. the next lot were the ones who did the original work. they gave a date and time twice but didn´t turn up. Number 4, 5 turned up and didn´t have a clue. number 6 came, saw left, said he was busy and to contact him later in the year. Number 7 came twice, really hadn´t got a clue but made a date to return and didn´t. number 8 was full of promise. everything was "no problem" painters have been great. on time and the estimate within 2 days. We have a lovely painter who is starting next week. roofers are a team from dusseldorf. They are good, fast and cheap which is a bonus because the roof was meant to be in good   order when we bought. I don´t like the team leader but I don´t get that up close and personal. He can only work on the house when my husband is here as he´s a bit slimey. We now have a price from number 8. it is a good price. I have allowed him to save face by not pointing out his big porky pie and I have apologised like the silly little woman I am. I have made out it was all my fault to allow communication to continue between the plumber and my husband with no awkwardness. The plumber knows we have a friend who speaks plattdeutsche and meanwhile i´ll just go and stand in a corner and give myself 50 lines
  2. Protocol with Handwerkers

    Oh I´m biting the bullet I have had to apologise 3 times before he decided to forgive me. he still has not given a price for the job but claims he is going to employ another person to help and has bought the items for the job. I think he´s full of bull but as you say we are desperate. He also lied and I don´t do liars in any country. we have roofers and a painter in next week also. they have managed to give firm prices and they turned up on time to give their estimates
  3. Protocol with Handwerkers

    Also I ran a business for years. there is nothing more annoying that a customer who does not turn up. I am sure that if the boot was on the other foot he would know what it is to sit and wait. Men often believe that women are quite happy to do nothing but wait
  4. Protocol with Handwerkers

    The work is reconnecting pipes upstairs in a landhaus. the previous owner had removed radiators, cut water pipes and cut toilet soil pipe. the reason the other 7 have not attended is because in the village , locals will not work for outsiders. The rush is that the painter who is booked will start next week and I do not want to out him off again.  My way of thinking is that if an appointment is made then it must be kept or an explanation given. A firm appointment was made for Wednesday at 10. all messages , emails and phone calls were ignored. He now says that he can not get pipes to do the work. He´s a plumber ?
  5. Protocol with Handwerkers

    Over the last 6 weeks we have had 7 plumbers come, inspect and then not turn up for the job. Finally we find plumber number 8. Hes actually a handwerker who does plumbing and electrics. Friday, he can´t make it. Saturday he comes but is 2 hours late. He makes an inspection, tests pipes and we pay him €50. He is to return Monday after giving us a final price. Monday he says that he can not get all the parts and therefore can not give a price. He will come Tuesday. I wait. Then I get a message saying that he will give the price on Wednesday and come at 10 am. He doesn´t come and we have no message. He doesn´t reply to anything. Wednesday PM I re-run my ad and get a reply within a couple of minutes. However I do not give our address, just a basic run down of the job and also that I would let him know next week if he is needed. He´s persistent and I have to say that he can not come. We carry on trying to contact plumber 8. No reply. This morning I get a very angry email from plumber 8 saying that he has bought all the pipes but I have set someone else onto the job who asked him to help. He says he has spent a lot of money.He tells me we are blocked and he will not speak with us again. Plumber 9 has told plumber 8 that he is doing the job. I immediately apologise and ask a neighbour to help. He telephones from his phone I am told that I am at fault because I should have just waited. Plumber 8 said that I gave plumber 9 the job and the address. This is not true. However Plumber 8 has decided to forgive me but I must wait until he is ready next week sometime. Also he is going to bring another person with him to the job. I suspect the price is getting higher but we are desperate. He then sends me another message saying that because I made a big mistake he is prepared to accept my apology and we can start again. Opinions please      
  6. Previous owner feels he can enter my home

    Tomorrow we may have a plumber. I´m not holding my breath or looking for those flying pigs. The seller has been peering through the windows. My husband collared him to talk about getting his junk out. He got ,"Oh Ja! when are you going to open" with a big beaming smile. Obviously not yet because when you go to the loo upstairs the contents end up in the hall. I´m pretty sure that wouldn´t get us a health certificate. Then I found rabbit goo ….its window frosting but really easy to put on. I´d bought a load to frost out the new bathroom window and had some left. I used it on the window that everyone has been peering through. I hadn´t realised that there is a cigarette     machine next to this window and I reckon the whole village are really heavy smokers from the amount of nose marks on this window. I was well chuffed with myself.        
  7. Previous owner feels he can enter my home

    SusieT I´m well up in my Moin Moin. This house in various forms has been in their family since 1910 - so has some of the wall   paper I think.  My friend in the village loves to holiday in my home town and he and his wife love to practise their English with me. This does nothing for my German. Ive not seen any other dogs in the village which is odd and at the moment I´m here on my own while my husband finishes his work contract. Normally dog walkers will chat with each other on walks We have since found out that being an ex pub the back door was actually the front for private use. This would explain why he came over the gate. Maybe he realised that the gate was locked to keep the dogs in and genuinely thought it was okay. I think they will find me more approachable when my husband is here. I really am busy renovating not anti social. we´ve been here a few weeks and still camping out in a room downstairs. The village wants the place opened but the sellers refusal to take his junk and plumbers not coming out to outsiders is really holding us up. For many years I've dealt with handwerkers and got on with life while my husband works. I plan at some stage to invite everyone for English tea and cakes and I would love to set up my line dance classes again. They get older bones moving and keep an aging brain active. Some of the visible changes have caused upset, like the removal of the ivy that grows over one side. It can look lovely but it was growing through the windows and attic. However I have planted hundreds of bulbs outside and the front will be a blaze of colour in spring. I think a little give and take on both sides   The village is divided up in to 3- them, us and the others. The others only come for the summer. Them, are people like us. On top of that this tiny village is dived into 2 and there is a rivalry that goes on. We are in the centre
  8. Previous owner feels he can enter my home

    SusieT I´m well up in my Moin Moin. This house in various forms has been in their family since 1910 - so has some of the wall   paper I think.  My friend in the village loves to holiday in my home town and he and his wife love to practise their English with me. This does nothing for my German. Ive not seen any other dogs in the village which is odd and at the moment I´m here on my own while my husband finishes his work contract. Normally dog walkers will chat with each other on walks We have since found out that being an ex pub the back door was actually the front for private use. This would explain why he came over the gate. Maybe he realised that the gate was locked to keep the dogs in and genuinely thought it was okay. I think they will find me more approachable when my husband is here. I really am busy renovating not anti social. we´ve been here a few weeks and still camping out in a room downstairs. The village wants the place opened but the sellers refusal to take his junk and plumbers not coming out to outsiders is really holding us up. For many years I've dealt with handwerkers and got on with life while my husband works. I plan at some stage to invite everyone for English tea and cakes and I would love to set up my line dance classes again. They get older bones moving and keep an aging brain active. Some of the visible changes have caused upset, like the removal of the ivy that grows over one side. It can look lovely but it was growing through the windows and attic. However I have planted hundreds of bulbs outside and the front will be a blaze of colour in spring. I think a little give and take on both sides   The village is divided up in to 3- them, us and the others. The others only come for the summer. Them, are people like us. On top of that this tiny village is dived into 2 and there is a rivalry that goes on. We are in the centre
  9. Previous owner feels he can enter my home

    In the last place we lived my back door was never closed. friends knew to come to the back, they´d just shout their name and put kettle on. Others knocked at the front door. This applied in Wales. When we´ve been here a while friends will be welcome at any time. 
  10. Previous owner feels he can enter my home

    LeonG no I didn´t press charges but he did climb over a locked gate and came into our home by the back door and then reported me for a dog attack which never happened. My dog just threatened to take a chunk out of his leg.  I just told the police that he has twice come into our home uninvited. I know he meant no harm but at the moment i´m home alone with the dogs. He´s not a friend and to be honest we are a bit fed up with him and his variation of the truth. However we´ve taken it on the chin, closed the pub part because of a rat infestation and want to get on with getting the place done up as we see fit. If people are annoyed at losing the pub it really is a case of waiting
  11. Previous owner feels he can enter my home

    One of the neighbours visited this morning ...he  rang the bell and we had the following conversation - in English... So you are English , he started... No Welsh !   Silence   You must learn to speak good German... My German is fine, I reply in German and added in English , I struggle with the dialect.   Silence   You make much problems for G.... Sorry I said but he scared me. This is our home now. He has come in 2 times uninvited   Silence   NO, said the neighbour, only one time. The door was open and the second time you did not come to the door and his key would not work !!!!!!!!!   deep breath.... Well I was upstairs decorating and it was the dogs barking that caused me concern. When I came down and saw G... I was frightened.    Silence   Yes your dogs make much noise and we are all disturbed. No shit Sherlock, well don´t come into my house uninvited !!!! ( can you tell i´m getting a little peeved.)   silence   Well I think we should all be friends. I think you make a mistake and forgot that you asked G... into the home of his family.   My longest hardest stare...   Of course , I said; but then my husband would want to know why I am entertaining men while he is away at work !!!!!!   Silence Longer harder stare   I wish you a good weekend he said, and left   And you, I call after him... I don´t think there will be more visits        
  12. Previous owner feels he can enter my home

    Yes cybil we are right on north sea coast. I used to live in a tiny village on North wales coast so fully understand village mentality. Times are changing, people need to move around. There are quite a few none locals. I have also found that there is a strange attitude to property up here. If they no longer use the upstairs they will remove the heating system, cut water pipes and in one property that we viewed the stairs had been removed ! The owner assured us he had not removed the water pipes, only the radiators. Still we decided to get a plumber to check. We did not turn on the water upstairs. So when a roofer went to the loo I poured a bucket of water and disinfectants down the loo. A short time later downstairs I saw a large puddle. Looking at the biggest dog I Told him he was a naughty boy. While I was cleaning it up I recognised the smell of the disinfectant, then the drips dropped on my head. We asked the owner and he denied any problems. A few days later we found that he had drained the toilets and cut the waste pipe !!! Village mentality means a plumber will not come to us so we are having to bring one in from the city. The same goes for leaving belongings. They take what they need. we have 3 wardrobes, 4 beds, 2 mattresses, tables, chairs etc etc. we can´t get our stuff in, can´t get a skip yet and can´t get bulk rubbish collection yet. When I talk to him he smiles and says "oh ja" Talking to the outsider, this is all very normal here so I guess we must just go with the flow
  13. Previous owner feels he can enter my home

    my husband is now going to block off the drive at the side of the property with a 180 fence and gate. we feel awkward because its a really tiny village and we seem to have got off to a bad start with half the people. the other half weren´t born here. you can spit from one end of the village to the other and we are in the centre. our place was their pub but we´ve gone and closed it down. I´m struggling with the german here which is very different from mid germany. we can´t get local workmen because they don´t do for outsiders and if they do they charge extra and my neighbour suspects the locals are all related in some way. To cap it all, I've not seen anyone else with dogs! I ask myself if they dislike outsiders so much, why sell to us and actually if they had returned the friendship offered then they could have popped in at anytime. invited of course. Only close friends can walk in uninvited
  14. Previous owner feels he can enter my home

    yes new locks done. I just feel that I should be able to leave my back door open for the dogs to be able to roam their own garden at will, especially as i´m toilet training the pup. if that doors not open he´s happy to pee anywhere right now. we chose a property with a decent garden for the dogs. we´ve put up a secure fence and gate. pity we didn´t go for the full 180 cms
  15. Previous owner feels he can enter my home

    we´ve put a private property sign up. we intend to get a harsher one if people don´t stay off the front. they´ve been parking and blocking us in .our belongings are actually locked in a function room attached to the property. his stuff is slowly going to the dump. theres 6 double bedrooms and most are full of his crap. Good idea about beware of the dog. maybe I should add a photo ..that´ll keep them away. my neighbour reports that the attack is becoming the talk of the village. He was told to remove his belongings by 1st Feb or they would be trashed. A skip comes next month. meanwhile i´m going to polish my ladle