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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Upholstery shop in C.M.?

    That explains why I couldn't find him on my December visit. I'll try again next time.
  4. 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
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. Upholstery shop in C.M.?

    I've got quite a few teak chairs, both at my house in Bosang and in the U.S. Before. I over to the U.S., I had seat and back cushions made for all of them. They were a basic canvas off white. I'll be in C.M. In December for 8 days and would like to get new cushions made, but in a fabric and color that would go better with the color of teak. Anyplace in the area is fine, but closer to Bosang would be better. If 8 days isn't enough time to get the cushions made, I'll contact them in advance and have a Thai friend go by to choose the fabric and give measurements. Thanks!
  14. When I originally built the house, my Thai wife at the last minute wanted an underground sprinkler system. We were in the process of sodding but stopped. The builder of the house recommended his friend to do the job. We went to Global House to buy the hose and the sprinkler heads and the sprinkler was to be turned on manually. Once done, there were as many leaks in the hose as there were sprinkler heads (16). He tried to fix them but couldn't, so I paid him to go away. I dug new trenches myself, one foot down, that took me the better part of a week to finish. I then hired a plumber that had worked for me and I had him set up the 4 zones, with 4 sprinklers per zone. I had my sister send from the U.S. Rainbird sprinkler heads, which he installed (too high above ground, as it turned out). As I come over about every 2 years, I have since had installed a Hunter controller, so the sprinklers could be automatic. Later, I hired two persons who worked at a sprinkler system next to the Tesco on the superhighway to put in new sprinklers. The sprinklers that they put in were not the right ones and, to make them shoot water further, they made adjustments to the heads which made most of them leak. I paid them to go away. Ideally, it would have been nice to have gotten recommendations at the start on ThaiVisa, but that was not possible. I have been PM with a recommendation that I'll go with. If I can find a Grundfos at 230V/50Hz, I'll buy it before going to LOS. If not, I'll explain the situation to the recommended installer and go with their choice. I've gone through 2 pumps (a Chinese and Japanese) already on recommendations, so I don't think that I've been too hard on Thai workers, unless they demonstrate that they don't have the expertise. Both times that happened, they got paid anyway.
  15. If the Grundfos MQ3-45 costs about $730 in Thailand, and between $430 and $575.0 new in the U.S., would it be advisable to buy one that's 230V/60Hz here and bring it over? I've had several people here, going from calling their headquarters to calling distributors and irrigation shops, tell me that the Hz difference is enough to eventually fry the motor or else really didn't know what would happen to the motor. I wouldn't mind saving $200-300 over what I would be paying for one in Thailand. I did see several MQ3-45 230V/50Hz on EBay U.K. But the shipping charges negated any savings. Between now and December, I'll continue to look on various sites and maybe, I'll get lucky.
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