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  1. Dental Implants Chiang Mai - 75K

    I decided to get a lot of my dental work done at a Dental school in Kansas City. The only problem is that they take an extensive set of x-rays and found three enlayed teeth that have a considerable amount of decay and need crowns. He also wants to pull the upper wisdom teeth (leave the lower ones) because they have decay and don't allow me to clean the adjoining molars, which are starting to show some decay. It's unlikely that he will have time to pull them before I leave for Chiangmai on April 23. His price to pull the teeth is $89 per tooth. Does anyone know a reliable Dentist in CM that will pull the teeth for no more than $89? If it's more, I'll have them done at the dental clinic in the U.S. By the way, the two enlays that were pulled have gold in them. Are they worth anything?
  2. Dental Implants Chiang Mai - 75K

    I had completely forgotten about Songkran, but it ends April 15 and, more likely, I'll be in April 25 and stay until May 9, with the last day in Bangkok. I did find a sprinkler system man who is half British and speaks English, which is good for me. He put a new sprinkler system in a year ago and recommended putting in a separate water tank, where the well water used for irrigation could be filtered and not clog the sprinkler heads. I'll try to get this done this time. I've had a renter at my house since August and the main reason for coming over is to meet him in person and, as it sounds like he will be there for a couple of years, see what things he would like to have done around the house. Ther's a few things that I would like to have done, like replacing the gezebo that I had to tear down a year ago because it was falling apart. I'll check in advance on some of the dentist recommendations. Thanks!
  3. Dental Implants Chiang Mai - 75K

    I'm going to be in Chiangmai for two weeks in April. I'm looking for a crown on a molar and whatever they can do to a lower front tooth thatgot knocked out but still has a 25% base left. Is 2 weeks enough time to get them finished?
  4. Recommended house insurance company?

    As you can tell, the first floor is brick, the ceiling for the first floor is wood, and the second floor is wood. The only type of wood used is teak. On both the first and second floors, the back of the house is concrete, which would be the kitchen and bathroom on the first floor and two bathrooms and outdoor patio on the second floor. I'll get several quotes, and include Bangkok insurance as one of them.
  5. I'm not getting my hopes too high but a real estate company has told me that an American couple moving here wants to rent my house. Assuming that the negotiations go smoothly, at some point, I need to insure the house, preferably for full replacement value. It is a 2 story teak house, with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. I spent 4.2 million baht building it in 2002 and would assume that both the price of teak and labor has gone up in the last 15 years. Would an insurance company appraise the house or should I hire one? Are there any recommendations out there of an insurance company that you have been happy with and came through when catrastropy strikes? Any information would be appreciated.
  6. Upholstery shop in C.M.?

    That explains why I couldn't find him on my December visit. I'll try again next time.
  7. OK, let me say it loud and clear that I won't be using poison to kill the birds, even as a last resort. I don't think that a scarecrow on the ground is going to keep birds away from a second floor roof. Keeping poison on the roof would be dangerous to other wildlife I'll accept the fact that as long as house is empty, there will be bird problems. I'll study up on how to get rid of birds safety when I go back to the U.S. on Tuesday. Rather than post another topic, I'll ask here if anyone knows of a product that I can buy that I can spray on gras on my patio and kill it? Also, where can I buy it? Thanks in advance
  8. I'll give a couple of those suggestions a try. 3 years ago, I put up a solar powered owl, whose head spin around once a minute. That scared the birds for abou2 hours. At least the house was thoroughly cleaned today and 4 months of bird crap and nesting have been removed. Between the sprinkler crew, who should start Saturday, and another crew that will trim the tops off of 11 teak trees and cut off most limbs, it should be a fairly busy next 4 days. I'll be cleaning out the concrete drainage system next to the perimeter wall. It's got 3-4 years of debris and leaves sitting in it. Fun vacation!
  9. I'll give a couple of those suggestions a try. 3 years ago, I put up a solar powered owl, whose head spin around once a minute. That scared the birds for abou2 hours. At least the house was thoroughly cleaned today and 4 months of bird crap and nesting have been removed. Between the sprinkler crew, who should start Saturday, and another crew that will trim the tops off of 11 teak trees and cut off most limbs, it should be a fairly busy next 4 days. I'll be cleaning out the concrete drainage system next to the perimeter wall. It's got 3-4 years of debris and leaves sitting in it. Fun vacation!
  10. I got back here yesterday for a quick 8 day trip to work on my house. The main points of concern were the sprinkler system, the lawn and either renting it on my own (doubtful in 8 days) or finding a real estate agency that has good success. A member here recommended someone who does good work with sprinkler systems He was here today and recommended several things, the most expensive being replacing the existing PVC piping with larger diameter ones to increase pressure to heads. I did bring my own Hunter sprinkler heads, which he said were better than the Hunter heads here. It will take him 3 days to finish and he said he would be done before I leave on the 13th. Concerning the lawn and trees, without watering, except rain, for the last 18 months, it looks like the weeds have won. I don't know if I should make an attempt to save the existing lawn or start all over, with a fresh covering of good dirt and sodding. Any suggestions? Finally, I'll contact the agency recommended by several here, Perfect Homes, and see if they will stop by and give me an idea of a reasonable amount to ask for rent. I forgot to mention one other problem; birds crapping all over. In the past, I've tried a wooden owl to scare them (it didn't) and now am open to all suggestions, including using poison on them, as a final choice. I'll be busy during the day but will check back at night to hopefully read positive suggestions. Thanks in advance.
  11. I've listed it on Craigslist Thailand for the better part of 8 years, since I and my family left for the U.S. I have had 3-4 inquires per year, ranging from definitely wanting to rent it for several years (they wanted me to tear out a wall or two to make the second upstairs bedroom directly accessible to secondary bathroom. I didn't do it), to wanting to rent but wanted all of my furniture out of house and wanted access to the garage, where our personal items are stored, to wanting to rent but the Thai wife of a foreigner was concerned about items in house that provoked "spirits," and an American carpenter that wanted free rent in exchange for taking care of house. Most just didn't want the upkeep on a 4 bedroom, 3 bath two story house. I've never had a mortgage but the cost of upkeep over the last 8 years, in addition to work on my house in the States, and a wife and 4 kids, makes the decision to either rent or sell (as a last resort) an easy decision to make. The Thai friend that lives next door is also a business partner in 16 apartments, so getting her to manage the day to day problems that arise, and pay a gardener that I plan on hiring is alright with her. I plan on basically having an open house for the 7-8 days that I'm in Thailand and realize that the chances of renting it out in that time is slim. I'll contact Perfect Homes to see if they would like to come by and take a look and give me an idea of a reasonable amount to list the house for rent. If possible, I'd like to have it rented out in 3 months for at least a year but, as it has sat for 8 years without being rented out, if it took 6 months to rent out, it wouldn't upset me much.
  12. I'll be back at my house in Bosang for 8 days, starting next Monday. At the top of my bucket list is to find an agency that can rent my house in a reasonable amount of time. I don't want to list it with an agency that takes the listing and then "sits" on it. I would prefer that they send someone to look at house while I'm there next week. I'd prefer to rent it out, as I'll be back for good in no more than 10 years. If it doesn't rent, however, I'll sell it. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
  13. I arrive back next Monday for 8 days of fulfilling a "bucket list" of projects to be done at my house near Bosang. Near the top of the list is finding a gardener to take care of the trees and cut, and hopefully fertilize the lawn in my absence. I have a Thai friend that lives next door that keeps her eye on the house while I'm gone. For the last 6 months, she has also hired locals to cut and dispose of the grass about every 6 months for 3,500 baht. The house sits on 1 rai of land. That seems pretty high. I' need a gardener to come 1-2 times a month to take care of trees and flowers, and cut the grass when necessary. I have a self propelled husqvarna mower fairly new and a husqvarna string weed whacker, if needed. Does anyone know of a gardener that they could recommend? On completion of work, they would be paid by my Thai friend. Thanks in advance.
  14. Upholstery shop in C.M.?

    Just to clarify post #2, the whole post, except for the last sentence, was copied from a 2011 post. I live in the U.S. and won't be back in CM until December. I would like to get seat and back cushions for 6 teak chairs that I have at my U.S. House and would like to take them back with me in my luggage. Could he have them ready 7 days after ordering them? If not, I'll mail them.
  15. Upholstery shop in C.M.?

    Thanks for the directions, I just had a sofa recushioned and recovered by this shop. The owner's name is Nopi and he couldn't have done a better job. He comes to your home for a consultation, he will pick up and drop off, his prices are very reasonable and he completed the work in less than the quoted time! My old ratty sofa looks catlogue fashionable. He did a superb job! PM me for his #. Anyone know if this guy is still in business at the same location. A phone number would also be helpful. Thanks!
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