May 29, 2002, 12:00 PM
Post #65 of 105
Hi Simon, I feel so sorry knowing about your frustration and hassle. Well, it is true that there are many pond builders out there and some of them are really greedy sharks that are looking for every opportunity to have a bloody bite out of you (or into your pocket!) but I still think there are some good people out there to make some beautiful ponds for people like us. What I am trying to say is: just think about it. Keeping koi is suppose to be a relaxing and peaceful hobby which you can enjoy with your family and make you feel living happier everyday. And yet you have already stress out just by looking for a pond builder. Imagine if you face any problem during the construction of your pond and pond maintenance......so, give yourself some room to relax and think about what you are going to do.....don't rush and don't panic.
Re: [sichang] Building new pond
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Of cause we can't rule out there are people out there trying to get fat by charging us high price to build a simple pond. But some of them might have their reasons to do so, some of them might have unique skills and methods and experiences to build good pond which you and I can't. (We can all describe what we want for a perfect pond but in reality, we can't build it ourselves, right? I know I can't) Some of them must have their special ways which they might not like to share with you unless you have already engaged them to do the work, or they wouldn't have stay long enough to make a living out of pond building, right?
I would like to share with you one story: remember the friend I recommended you to call in KL and to visit his pond? I talked to him but he wouldn't want to recommend his pond builder to me or anyone who would like to build a pond anymore. Why? My friend built his pond about 5 years ago. He engaged this at that time still "green" contractor to build his pond for about RM15-16k for a pond size of 10'x8'x4'. The pond is till nice and my friend is very happy about it till today. Since my friend has his new pond, he started to introduce the contractor to friends and families and to friends' friends. After a while, this contractor started to get famous and start to build bigger ponds for bigger houses after another bigger ponds for bigger houses....you know what happen now? He is so busy now that he will only build a pond for you if you have a bungalow or semi-D lot. And of cause you can image his price of building a pond now....it started from RM10-20k a few years ago to RM 80-100k now (of cause for big pond I meant). So, do you think my friend will still introduce more friends to him? of cause not. But this contractor has make enough already Lah.....
Luckily, he is not the only pond builder my friend knows, during his 5 years of koi keeping experience my friend made a lot of friends who are also keeping koi and own koi pond and then get to know other contractors.....
Why don't you give him a call and talk to him? Frankly speaking, I didn't look for more than 3 quotations myself when I started to build my pond. I guess I am just being lucky to get a good contractor who charge me a good price for a reasonable pond before I ran out of patience. I can't imagine spending that kind of energy to compare their ideas, method, prices and more designs and so on........too much for me. As long as the price is "reason", I will go for it (your RM 20k proposal sound reasonable.) If they quote you too low, you can't trust them, if they are too high, you can't afford to engage them anyway, Am I right? so why not have a peace of mind and take the one you trust and you believe that is capable of building you a good pond. Don't stress out yourself, and stay relax. Just remember, koi keeping is a relax activity, don't spend to much time and energy on trying to get the best deal you think you can (probably? but not untill you're burn out) and risk loosing all the joy and fun of watching your beloved koi's. Pond is important but it is never the main theme...right? Koi is.
Good luck and be brave,