Finishing a renovation
I renovated an apartment using an architect as the project manager. The architect was an aquaintance who spoke good English, so I assumed he would be easy to work with, but he was also very inexperienced - this was his first solo project. That did cause a lot of problems because he was basically learning on our job. The renovation was finished in October 2007 and I paid the architect the agreed percentage for his work. I knew that there was some paperwork outstanding but I didn't press the architect to finish it because the whole process was so stressful that I was just happy it was finished. The architect finally got in touch with me this week to discuss what was outstanding. The form to let the comune know that the work is completed needs submitting. There is a fee for submitting this. Then there is some work that needs including in this which he said a geometra usually does and they would charge around 500 Euros but he is willing to do it for us for 300 Euros. (I would have thought this would be included in his percentage fee for the job).Then the plumber and the electrician need to complete something to certify that their parts of the job were completed according to the law. He thinks this might be a problem for the foreign electrician to complete. He said that he is not qualified to write out this declaration for the electrician to sign - so he doesn't know what to do about this. I guess that he is thinking about getting another electrician in to inspect the work of the first electrician so that he can write the declaration!And on the proforma for the completion of the work there is a question that asks whether the work comes under law 10/91 about energy efficiency and if so, the relevant certificate needs including. He does not know whether our project falls under that law. He has asked a lot of people and some say it does and others say it doesn't - both apparently with good reasons. He doesn't want to tick the box that says it doesn't fall under the law in case he is wrong. But to get the certificate he has a quote from an engineer for 700 Euros. (Our apartment is about 65 square meters). This seems excessive to me.Altogether it was a shock when I thought there was just some paperwork outstanding to suddenly find I might have to pay well over 1000 Euros more. If anyone has any advice or opinions about any aspect of this I'd be grateful!