Seems it always happens, but you hope that it won’t... The insurance report has come through and they will only cover half of what was taken. Less the one thousand dollar excess too. Sigh.
This week on stuff.co.nz I’m talking about building brands in the construction industry, a little sideways I know, but something I find interesting and I’ve had plenty of chats about with various tradies and suppliers onsite and off. And if you were wondering who Chris our plumber was – its Chris from K10 – he’s definitely our no problems only solutions man.
When insurance companies are brand building, ideas of trust, dependability, being companies that kiwis can rely on, are almost always thrown into the pot (just watch a few insurance adverts). But thus far, that hasn’t been my experience. When we were burgled in our home around five years ago it was the same story, yes, you’ve been burgled, sorry about that, but no we won’t pay to replace anything much. At the time, the memories of the Christchurch earthquakes were still fresh in everyone’s mind, so I didn’t feel I had any right to complain. And it’s the same this time, from the comments some of you have sent in about being burgled on building sites, we got off so so lightly. And we’ll be moving in soon to add personal security to site along with the camera that’s up now. When I say we’ll be moving in soon, that doesn’t mean we’re close to finishing (at the moment the kitchen is only half built and plumbing is still weeks away). But the police have warned that as soon as the appliances go in, those burglars will be back. So this time, we will be too. And until then, there’s not really anything left to steal…unless you count mud, bent nails and cigarette butts.
A family of four: writer, scientist, lego engineer and destruction specialist. Our previous home is featured in New Zealand Interior Style and this new project promises to provide plenty of great, green, smart and maybe madcap solutions to new building in New Zealand.