10 March 2011

Fences


One of our goals for this year is to put the fence up, but based on the quotation given it will cost us a total of Php 292,999! Note that this does not include the cost of the carport roof or the electrician...

Maricel told me that we can do it in stages so it will not be too much of a financial burden. If that's the case, then we should start with the three-sided perimeter fence. But at Php 182,164, the odds are still dicey unless our neighbors chip in with the expenses (i.e. share the cost of the wall) as that would take off Php 30,000 from each side.

We already have a neighbor on the right (if you're looking at the front of the house) but I haven't seen them since we first met a few months ago. The house at the back has yet to be turned over to the owner so we haven't seen them at all. The one to the left is non-existent at the moment.

Thinking that we might save money if we bought the materials ourselves, I asked Maricel for the "labor only" quotation. But she explained that everything is discounted as they will be getting the materials from her cousin who has a quarry. They also won't be charging for the delivery fee since they'll just use their own truck.

This will require a lot of careful consideration especially since I will be quitting my job soon. But here are our options:

1. Push through with the fence without waiting for the neighbors, but there will be no funds left over for savings, furniture, etc. Gate and garage floor not yet included.
2. Wait for the neighbors and hope that the rates will not increase too much by 2012. In the meantime, just buy a bed and save the rest for next year.
3. Skip the fence and use the money to add to the retirement fund, baby fund, a few pieces of furniture and a trip to Hong Kong.

Hmmm... I think it's time to buy another lottery ticket.

3 comments:

mommyerl said...

i vote for #3! :) we decided not to put up a fence muna. safe naman sa atin :)

Jen said...

waaaahhhh!!! almost 300k for fence, gate and garage flooring??? Can I faint, really... can I?

Will it really take that much money to get those things done? Grabeeehhh!!!

IMO, based on one of your earlier post... remember yung may intruder sa house ng neighbors nyo... parang i see the fence and gate as a necessity for your security. but hopefully, you can get some other contractor to do it for a lot less. also, try to get in touch with the neighbors din to chip in tutal it will also be for their benefit... unless they don't plan to live there.

anyway, goodluck... pero sumakit talaga ulo ko sa presyo! :-)

Nicole said...

@Erlaine - I like #3 too so we'll most likely go with parts of it.

@Jen - I know! =( Earl definitely wants the fence and gate up due to what happened to his family before. So not sure yet what we're going to do at this point.

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