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blessingsdevine
3/4/2020 12:31 EST

Hello I am looking for someone with the expertise to remodel an old board house into a cabin or hut design. To use the reusable board, zinc, doors, beams to rebuild a one/two bedrooms on concrete foundation. I am just trying to make good use of what is left of a 5 bedroom board house on a small plot of land my father left me. The good news is that it is in Westmoreland Negril about half hour away. Please send me a private message if interested. Of course I will pay for the labor and new material that is needed.

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Iriestar68
3/4/2020 13:28 EST

Will you be on the island while this work is taking place?

I strongly suggest that you are unless you have someone her who trust 100% to oversee this project.

Off site and out of town owners get taken advantage of all the time. Most of time you’re going to be hiring labourers for this type of work and not an actual contractor.

Come down and take your time finding someone and arrange for a long term stay while the work is done.

Good luck!!!

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blessingsdevine
3/4/2020 14:46 EST

Thank You So Much for your advice. You certainly help out this site a lot. I do plan to be there but I can't trust anyone. I have lost a lot in Jamaica and can't afford to loose anymore.
The property is just sitting there can't sell so I thought I would just try something different.
I have an idea of the design and I was told that the house is still in good shape so it should really cost too much in labor or materials but you are right I do need reliable skill full labor.

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Iriestar68
3/4/2020 14:54 EST

You might also need to reach out to the Parish Council.. or you just might be able to fly under the radar.

Glad to hear you plan on being there for the project. How long as the house been on the market?

What do you plan on doing with the house once it completed? Does the house have utilities already?

Who is in/watching over the house now? Squatters are a huge problem.

I hope you’re able to find the workers you need.. keep us updated on the progress.

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blessingsdevine
3/6/2020 10:29 EST

Thank You for your encouragement I certainly need it. I respect that you take the time to help out the members with good valuable advice.

It is been sitting there since 2017 after the Probate and change of Title and there were at least two serious buyers who backed out as people in the district spoke negatively about it. There have been serious buyers for the the house but I would still have to visit the property to take care of the land so I decided not to sell the house as I need it to rest etc. when I visit. I do keep the yard in tip top condition and often people commented how well I have done that, There are many fruit/ vegetable trees on the property and I do not stop any one form reaping them. As as you can imagine how well they do that. Perhaps that is the reason no one broke in moreover I am pleasant/respectful to everyone in the district. No one is in charge because if I leave some one in charge from the district then there is a fight. I have done that at least twice. I do not want this on my father's property. I am often in Jamaica trying to see if I could retire there and rented a house and lived the life I would like to live if I ended up settling there as a single woman, It was difficult but I love the climate and fresh air. I got really ill with my Heart and will always have ongoing problems as prognosis. So I decided to settle back n Canada. I retired from the Medical field 2019. I really would like the land sold as I spent a lot on my Dad when he got ill but more importantly need to put full closure on his affairs as he left his life in a mess and I have settled everything else. As for the project there is electricity but I disconnect the water supply as it was abused. I want to do something different with the house unique and perhaps the tinniest of all the houses but stand out from all the rest. I have many ideas I may rent it out after am finished. Transportation to and from Negril is excellent and there is a Grocery/ Bar /and cook shop next door which make it a plus. My hope is that youngsters will learn about recycling and the value of an old house. There are so many of them around just left to rotted down and go to waste. That really upsets me especially when homelessness is such a global concern. Take care

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