Recently, at one of our commercial malls in Barrie Ontario, we had an issue from the street feed water supply going into the first unit. Now the complete system stretches from that first unit and supplies the rest of the remaining seven units, but here is the thing, no shut off valves and not meters on any line entering each subsequent unit.
We had purchased the property adding to commercial portfolio and just assumed on inspection each utility room had a meter in which the supply went into and then out on to the next unit. Our tenant in unit one was paying for water based on the nature of their business. They had also been doing this prior to the purchase of the property. Upon this inspection and discovery we had to contract out a plumber to get this work done immediately. Having the majority of our properties in Toronto we didn’t have a local go-to plumber as yet.
So, we asked our existing contractors if they knew of anyone who cold tackle the job for us and get these meters installed. We could find contractors up to highway 9 only next to none wanted to go to Barrie and there are definitely plenty of plumbers in Barrie. Our search began and then one of our tenants asked if we had heard of the Friends of the Fold. I told them I wasn’t religious! I then found out what it was and make the web inquiry. I think the site was just getting started as this was just a couple of weeks ago. So I couldn’t see any of the listings or anything else and decided I would send a quick email. Boom, email was responded to and I was told and it was explained to me that although the database had yet to be uploaded that they would be happy to help. I conveyed what we needed and ONE HOUR later I had three options. THREE! Now that was service and I had yet to pay a dime.
I settled on a contractor who in a mere seven hours had separate shut off valves installed, backwash spigots installed (the contractor told me about these and that the units would not pass a municipal inspection if discovered so they went int) and meters in each unit. The rate was fair, the warranty good and solid and even the parts compared to previous shopping we have done in Toronto was more than reasonable. Wow, I was never so blown away. It was like that old “that was easy” button commercials that used to be on TV.
Two things in closing.
- My tenant in unit one just received a rebate benefit of $200 a month until they are recovered on the extra they paid over the course of two years! They’re happy about that.
- We actually were inspected by the municipality just this past week and guess what, on the plumbing anyway, nothing to do. All was up to par.
So guess who is going back to the Friends of the Fold for an electrician and gas fitter?