Quick status report

old glass door 002-A

This is David, fiddling with the lock to our sliding glass door in the studio we want to rent out. There are so many things wrong with this door that we have decided to hire a local company to install a brand new sliding glass door and sliding screen door. Total cost is $2,100, which is fine. The trouble is that it will take 6-8 weeks to make the doors on the mainland and ship them to Hawaii, and that is a conservative estimate.

Grrr. It takes forever for things to be shipped to Hawaii, because of our location in the Pacific Ocean.

The carpet we purchased for Maria’s room on March 20 will be installed on May 6.

The furniture we purchased for Lisa’s room on March 9 will be delivered during the first week of May.

In addition, we still have to buy new furniture for the studio. That can’t be done until the old furniture has been moved from the studio to Maria’s room, which then will become our new bedroom.

Part of the problem is that all of this new stuff has to be loaded into containers, and the containers won’t be shipped until they are completely full. It could take weeks. Then, you have to factor in the length of time to ship the containers from the West coast to Hawaii.

Anyway, we are looking at June 1 or later as the date when we can rent out our studio. It depends on when the doors are installed – hopefully before the end of May.

We hope there aren’t further delays.

19 Responses to “Quick status report”

  1. granny annie Says:

    It looks like you know what you are doing. Sadly we have to spend money to make money. June is not so far away. Have you decided yet how you will screen your potential tenants?

  2. Christine Says:

    How about trying craigslist or kijiji?

  3. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    One of my chief complaints about living in Hawaii..it takes so long for anything to arrive from the mainland. That and the heat unless you live on the windward side of the island. I don’t remember Mosquitos in Hawaii, however.only termites!

  4. Jeanie Says:

    Even though things are slow your plans seem to be moving forward so that is good. I know the delays must be frustrating.

  5. DJan Says:

    I think June isn’t that far away, Gigi. I never thought about the problem of getting things sent from the mainland being a problem before you enlightened me! 🙂

  6. Olga Says:

    So there is a downside to life in paradise. I have a friend in the Bahamas who makes the same complaint–long wait, and of course extras expense of shipping.

  7. Joanne Says:

    I could not have guessed there would be trouble in paradise. What a bummer.

  8. Tom Sightings Says:

    At the risk of seeming glib, it would seem to me that you’d get stuff sooner . . . since you’re halfway to China!

  9. Grannymar Says:

    One thing I have learned in life, is to allow for snags and add extra time. I am beginning to think that there is no such thing as a simple job!

  10. Karen Says:

    Sounds like a plan, Gigi. If you haven’t already committed to the sliding door, I’d also check elsewhere- Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.
    I’d also suggest you run your add by May 1st, so that you have time to screen and show unit and be ready for someone to move in by June 1st, if that’s your hope.
    When using Craigslist, since it’s free, I’d put as much detail in ad as possible- such as the monthly rental charge, the amount you want for a security deposit, etc., besides “just” describing unit. Take a look at other rental ads to get a feel for possible wording. I’ve found that the more descriptive I am, the more I weed out people from the ad details, even though, amazingly, people will STILL contact me and ask a question about something I listed in ad! Definitely add “pet allowed” or “no pets” if you’re not allowing them.

  11. Cathy Says:

    Most others have mentioned my thoughts. The Golfer was in real eastate and laughed at the many things people lived with but had fixed just before putting their properties on the market.
    I’m sure it will all go well fo you.

  12. Kay G. Says:

    Does that mean that people in Hawaii have the best patience of anywhere else on Earth? You might need it!

  13. Linda Reeder Says:

    Living in paradise isn’t so convenient. But ti will work out soon enough and you will be happy with your decision.

  14. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    It seems that living in a place that may be ideal in many ways can also have some drawbacks. It is the same living in this small town, although we can drive 90 minutes to find major shopping, including home improvement stores. Hopefully, all your plans will fall into place within a few months.

  15. denise Says:

    We are very spoiled living in this area. I get tired of all the traffic occasionally but we are within reach of most everything, but then I think of where you live 🙂

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