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#11727 Loggerhead Turtles

Posted by phild on 13 August 2007 - 12:03 PM in Explore Crete

Hi Ray,

I'm afraid I have no idea, but I guess you could ask the Chania Turtle Conservation Society. I can't seem to find an internet site for them, but you can see the Turtle nests they've found and protected along the coast west of Chania - if I recall correctly, they do havea phone number on them to encourage people to report newly laid nests.

Failing that, you could try a Scuba diving operator. They are variously knowledgable about marine conservation in their local areas.

Best of luck!



#11695 Finding Builders In West Crete

Posted by phild on 08 August 2007 - 02:47 PM in Living in Crete

Oh yes! There will definitely be a penalty clause for overdue work. I'd insist on that - as well as withholding a proportion of the final payment until the work has been 'snagged'.



#11693 Finding Builders In West Crete

Posted by phild on 08 August 2007 - 11:48 AM in Living in Crete

Wim,

Yes - you're right there.

I'm looking at a few builders now, and will ask at least 2 others to give me a quote for the job. Not exactly public tender, I know, but at least I'll end up with 3 quotes, and can then choose the best.

Tom,

Thanks for your post. It sounds like very good advice. I do want to use a local builder, and support the local economy, and I really want close supervision. All of this is in my 'specification'.

The problem is that since I'm not living in Crete yet, it's very hard to make sure that the builders are always on-site - I guess you have to assume that the supervisor will really check that for you. You have to trust the supervisor to do the job - so knowing the supervisor and having a good relationship is a key requirement for this.



#11686 Finding Builders In West Crete

Posted by phild on 07 August 2007 - 12:06 PM in Living in Crete

Papous,

Good luck with your little house. If I find a good local builder, I'll send you their name.


Thanks Wim,

I've asked our architect - he's going to be advising us of his recommendations soon.

I thought I'd ask people in the forum too, though - and I've had some good replies vai PM, giving me some interesting ideas. There's nothing like getting a client's perspective on a builder, rather than an agent or architect perspective, as I think it wil give me a better indicator of the sort of experience I'd get out of the builder.

Thanks for the idea about the public tender - I hadn't thought of that - I'm not sure that my project will be big enough for people to want to tender.



#11681 Finding Builders In West Crete

Posted by phild on 06 August 2007 - 01:44 PM in Living in Crete

Thanks for your good wishes.

The builder we're negotiating with is a local one, but through an agent.

I'm not really sure how much detail I should give in an open forum - I don't want to cause any problems...

:lol:



#11669 Finding Builders In West Crete

Posted by phild on 04 August 2007 - 12:08 PM in Living in Crete

Hi Papous - and thanks for the welcome!

The response is not as low as it seems - although I can imagine that a lot of people are sunning themselves in Crete at the moment - I wish I was! ;)

I have had a couple of PMs about builders for which I'm very grateful. Certainly one builder that was mentioned looks to be a lot more professional than the one we have been negotiating with.

We're giving our current builder a bit more time to see if he's going to become a bit more reasonable, but somehow I doubt it.

Thanks again for the welcome!



#11633 Finding Builders In West Crete

Posted by phild on 30 July 2007 - 11:21 PM in Living in Crete

Hi folks!

I hope somebody might be able to give us some advice on this...

We managed to buy a nice plot of land last year, in the hills behind Kissamos - and we have now finished a house design with an architect in Chania.

Now, since we can't go to Crete 'til September, we've been looking on the internet for builders, and... to be honest, there just don't seem to be many with websites, which is quite understandable.

We have asked the architect if he can recommend a builder or two, but we also feel that there's no substitute for the voice of experience - which is why I'm asking the question in this forum.

Have you had a really good experience with a builder who works in west Crete? Do you feel that you can recommend them to us? Are there any to particularly avoid? ;) (Answers by PM would probably be best!)

We realise that 'good' is a relative term, but we're happy to look at all recommendations, because this is a good way to find people to see once we get to Crete in September.

We do actually have an 'agent/builder' already, but I'm not sure that we'll be using them to build, as the contract is looking exceedingly biased in their favour, particularly with regard to finances!

Many thanks for any help you can give!