It has now been 3 weeks since I dropped the bus off to get the interior customized. They say it should be complete this week, so I'm crossing my fingers.
One thing I have learned in this whole process, is that when you are dealing with another trade and they give you an estimated timeline for the job completion, go ahead and tack on another week to their estimation.
I don't want to rush any of these trades that are working on the bus, because I want to make sure that the work they are doing is being done correctly. But it is a little frustrating that it took 5 weeks for the engine to get fixed and now 3 weeks for the interior. But like I said, patience is a virtue.
While I have been waiting, patiently, for this work to finish, I have been taking care of a few other things in the meantime.
- I have confirmed where I will be getting the exterior of the bus painted. The same company doing the interior renovation will actually be able to get the bus painted as well. This will save me the hassle of moving to/from another location and they can just keep it at their shop to begin the paint job.
- I am also working on my DOT Certification. There has been some paperwork and other items I've had to fill out that I wasn't aware of, but are essential to getting the bus up and running as a commercial business. There are a few online forms and a couple of training sessions that I will need to complete to make sure I am in compliance of the necessary law and regulations.
- Finalizing the design and order for some promotional items - ladies tank tops, koozies and of course, the sunglasses.
- Continuing to get quotes on the graphics. Now that I have decided to paint the exterior first, the quotes that I received initially from companies in regards to wrapping the full exterior of the bus, are no longer applicable. I will need new quotes on just adding the graphics as if it were a decal. For future buses, depending on the condition of the paint job, I should be able to get them wrapped.
I am hoping to have some pictures of the newly renovated interior by next week that I can post on the site.